New Juve name emerges in Man Utd’s potential Pogba swap talks

Matt Stead

Three players are known to have been made available by Juventus as they seek to tempt Man Utd into selling Paul Pogba.

Pogba effectively has two years remaining on his current Old Trafford contract, the second of which is an option Man Utd can automatically activate at any time.

The midfielder has missed much of this season through injury but remains part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team plans, with a Bruno Fernandes partnership possible.

He does continue to be linked with other clubs, however, ranging from Real Madrid and Barcelona to Inter Milan and Juventus.

Man Utd were offered the choice of seven players in part-exchange for the Frenchman last month as clubs attempt to work around the financial impact of the global pandemic and football’s temporary suspension.

Sky Sports offer a new name in the form of Federico Bernadeschi, who Juventus ‘would be willing to trade’.

The 26-year-old would fulfil one of Solskjaer’s transfer priorities as a right winger, and has started just 12 games in all competitions for Maurizio Sarri in Turin.

Juventus would still have to offer either more players or a further cash incentive to persuade Man Utd into selling their record signing.

Douglas Costa and Alex Sandro are most often mentioned as being surplus to requirements for the perennial Serie A winners, and could be used as makeweights.

Sky say Man Utd ‘are willing to do a swap deal’ but they stress that such moves ‘are notoriously difficult to complete’.

While Pogba is valued at £150m and ‘would be happy’ to return to Italy, ‘it remains to be seen whether United would want any of those players’.

Matthijs de Ligt is mentioned as a former target but ‘he is not a possibility for them now’.

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