It’s been no secret the Italian giants have been keen on bringing the midfielder back to Turin but were unwilling to pay the price the Old Trafford hierarchy demanded for their record signing, so it seems a player swap deal was put forward instead.
In April last year, a verbal speech was initiated for potential technical counterparts: United initially rejected the idea of taking one between Douglas Costa or Miralem Pjanic, then ended up at Barcelona in another exchange. Only cash for Pogba, over 100 million, repeated from Manchester. Even as potential pawns Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot popped up for a trade in the following months , Man United kept their wall high. No exchanges, a version repeated with constancy which prevented us from starting a real negotiation. Will Solskjaer be able to ask for the same conditions even in the face of only one year of contract for Pogba? The next few months will tell, Juve will try again …
Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola have made no secret of the fact the French international is ready to move on from Old Trafford and with his contract entering the final 18 months it’s highly likely he’ll be sold in the Summer. Whether the Reds would be open to a player swap deal remains to be seen, with United keen to recoup some of the money the spent bringing him back from Juventus in the first place.
The global pandemic has put a financial strain on many clubs and United may have to take a cut price offer for Pogba or even be tempted by a cash plus player deal but it’s highly improbably Juventus would be able to tempt the Reds by offering fringe players who are struggling to find games in Serie A.
The Old Lady of Turin may have to improve their offer by some margin if they are to sign a player who’s been playing some of this best football under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer these past few months.
Watch this space…