Juventus would prefer a swap-deal with Manchester United if they are to sign Paul Pogba in January, according to reports.
United took the option to extend Pogba’s contract to 2022 earlier this year but his agent, Mino Raiola, thrown the midfielder’s future into doubt after he claimed that his time at Old Trafford was over.
The super agent also name-checked Juventus, the club where Pogba spent four years between his two stints in Manchester, as a possible destination for his client.
However, according to Eurosport, the Italian giants would find any deal difficult in 2021 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their finances, as well as the Frenchman’s huge wages which would be comparable to top earner Cristiano Ronaldo.
Regardless, it’s claimed that Juve would ‘love’ to sign Pogba in January to beat any potential competition in the summer but they feel that United will have an ‘unrealistic idea’ of what he is worth.
As a result, the report adds, the Old Lady would prefer a swap deal if they were to sign Pogba, unless United would be willing to accept a bid of £50million.
Meanwhile, United have reportedly ‘held discussions’ with Kieran Trippier over a potential transfer.
United have only one senior right-back in their squad in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and have been forced to deploy centre-backs in the position in his absence in recent games.
According to The Athletic, the former Tottenham and Burnley right-back is open to the prospect of returning to the Premier League and it’s claimed that he is a target for United. However, Atletico Madrid may be unwilling to let him go as he has played every minute in La Liga and the Champions League so far this season.