Juventus are reportedly interested in swapping star forward Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
The France international has struggled to impress since re-joining the Red Devils from Juve in 2016, and it is now understood that he wants to leave the club as revealed this week by the player’s agent, Mino Raiola.
It now looks like Pogba’s time at Old Trafford is coming to an end, and I don’t think we’ll be seeing him return at any point in the future.
The Independent’s chief football writer Miguel Delaney said told the Football Ramble show, as per Daily Mail: “Talking to people during the week because I’ve been doing something on the Paul Pogba situation, which is connected to Ronaldo, and the fact that Juventus might actually be interested in a swap.
“It’s not impossible. Connected to all that was the view that ultimately, Juventus are trying to install this collective idea of football.”
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35-years-old or not, you will be hard pushed to convince me Ronaldo wouldn’t be an upgrade on Pogba. And in the current climate I don’t think United will get the money they would like for the Frenchman’s signature.
If the swap does go ahead, it will represent a romantic return to former clubs for both men. Ronaldo is still adored by United fans after spending six successful years at the club.
Ronaldo joined Juventus at the age of 33 and has thus far contributed 77 goals and 19 assists from just 99 games in all competitions.
A cracking record for a veteran.
As for Pogba, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about his midfielder’s future again this evening at his press conference. The Norwegian gave a no-nonsense response, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“I speak to my players on a daily basis and Paul’s no different to anyone else.
“We speak in small groups and for me what was disappointing this week was us going out of the Champions League, players wanna go through in that and whatever anyone’s representatives say can’t really affect me, I’ve said what I wanted to say about that.”