Serie A giants Juventus are reportedly set to offer attacking duo Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi in order facilitate the return of current Manchester United man Paul Pogba.
The French international spent four successful years in Turin after leaving United on a free transfer in 2012, before making a return to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 under then manager Jose Mourinho, becoming the club’s most expensive signing ever at £89.3m.
Since then, however, the midfielder has largely failed to replicate the performances that made him such a star in Italy, while constant rumours regarding a potential exit from the club has done little to endear him to the United faithful.
Despite turning out some impressive displays of late, including an excellent showing in the 3-2 win over Sheffield United, the 27-year-old’s future appears to lie away from Manchester, with the player’s agent Mino Raiola controversially revealing that the player wishes to leave the club – an announcement that came just a matter of days before United’s eventual costly defeat to RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
Such a statement has once again ignited the transfer links regarding Pogba’s departure, after a relatively quiet summer that had even led to talks of a potential long-term deal for the World Cup winner, particularly with the financial impact of Covid-19 making it unlikely that any side would be able to pay the hefty transfer fee it would take to prize him from United.
While that may still be the case, club’s may instead look to other ways to get their man, with ESPN reporting that Andrea Pirlo’s side are set to offer both Dybala and Bernardeschi in exchange for United’s wantaway midfielder.
Pogba’s current contract is set to expire in the summer of 2022 and with any sort of extension seemingly unlikely, United may be forced to cash in on the player at the end of this season.
Whether they would accept the Italian side’s player exchange offer is another matter, with neither Dybala nor Bernardeschi exactly setting the world alight in recent seasons.
Dybala was previously linked with a move to United last summer and is currently facing an uncertain future at the Allianz Stadium after difficult negiotations regarding a new long-term deal, while teammate Bernardeschi has struggled for game time under new boss Pirlo, with the Italian favouring the likes of Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski.