Manchester United are willing to consider a swap deal with Juventus between Paul Pogba and Paulo Dybala, claim reports in Italy.
Pogba has spent his entire professional career between United and Juventus. Since returning to Old Trafford in 2016 for what was a world record fee at the time, though, he has endured mixed fortunes.
However, the number six has begun to show his best form again in the latter stages of the 2019-20 season. Therefore, United have been looking at extending his contract.
Pogba’s current deal will expire next summer, although United have the option to extend it by a further year. If they hesitate, though, then Juventus will look to lure him back to Turin.
It recently emerged that new Juve boss Andrea Pirlo wanted to pursue a move for his former teammate. Luca Toni described Pogba as the “ideal gift” Pirlo would want to start their rebuild.
Now, Tuttosport claim that Juventus could offer United the chance to sign Paulo Dybala in a swap deal for Pogba.
Dybala was linked with a move to the Premier League last summer. However, he has denied any contact with either United or Tottenham, who were interested at the time.
Juventus are now working to extend his contract, too, as it expires in 2022. But the Turin-based paper says Dybala could leave if they can’t come to an agreement over a renewal.
The money raised from selling Dybala would be reinvested into signing a midfielder for Pirlo. And Pogba is the Italian legend’s number one target, says the report.
In fact, the Frenchman would “gladly” go back to the Serie A champions. What’s more, the report says United are “open” to the idea of the swap – but it hinges on the decision of Dybala.
If the swap was to go through, both players would cost a similar amount of money (around €100m). Their salaries and ages are also close to each other.
TWO OTHERS INTERESTED IN DYBALA SWAP
Back in May, Dybala admitted that he would like to play on the same team as Pogba again. However, that obviously wouldn’t be possible if they swapped places.
United are not alone in their interest, though. The report adds that Manchester City could outline him as a long-term successor to Sergio Aguero. They also back up claims that Real Madrid could offer a swap deal of their own for the 26-year-old.
It emerged earlier this week that Madrid had made two players available to Juventus in a swap for Dybala.