The on-going saga involving Paul Pogba’s future may result in United accepting a cut-price deal for the midfielder. Juventus remain keen to sign their former player but appear unprepared to pay over-the-odds for his services.
Pogba, who played for Juve between 2012 and 2016, looks set to finally leave Old Trafford after a tumultuous four and a half years at the club.
A move looks likely to take place in the summer once the season is over but the Italian side could be keen to push through a deal when the January window opens.
According to Eurosport, Juve are aware they will face more competition for Pogba’s signature in the summer months so hope they can snap him up mid-season.
Real Madrid are also interested in signing the midfielder but will likely wait til the summer to make an approach if he is still available.
But having previously joined United from the Turin club in a then-world record £90million move, Juve believe they will be able to get the player for far less to seal his return.
The Red Devils would have been hoping to recoup around £80million for the player but have accepted they may have to let the player go for less to get him off the books.
United’s valuation of Pogba is described as ‘unrealistic’ in the report, with suggestions Juve may only be prepared to offer players in exchange or as little as £50million.
One name mentioned as part of a potential swap is former United great Cristiano Ronaldo but any such deal would prove complicated over wages.
This season Pogba has scored just twice and registered two assists in all competitions.
The World Cup winner was left on the bench for United’s trip to Leicester, only being introduced as a second half substitute in the 2-2 draw.
Pogba, 27, joined the United youth academy as a teenager in 2009 before moving to Italy three years later after failing to agree a contract at Old Trafford.
The player won four league titles in Italy as well as establishing himself in the France national team.
After making his return to England in 2016, Pogba helped United to a League Cup and Europa League cup double in his first season.
However, issues over fitness as well as the player’s indifferent form has led to long term speculation over his future.
Things came to a head earlier in December when his agent Mino Raiola declared that his client would be leaving the club.
“It is useless to go around it,” Raiola said in an interview with Italian Publication Tuttosport.
“Paul at Manchester United is unhappy, he is no longer able to express himself as he would like and as expected of him.
“He has to change teams, he has to change the air.
“He has a contract that will expire in a year and a half, in the summer of 2022, but I think the best solution for the parties is to sell in the next market.
“Otherwise, the Old Trafford club, with whom relations are excellent, knows well that they would risk losing him on a free transfer, given that for the moment it is not the player’s intention to extend the contract.”