Juventus could demand Paul Pogba in exchange before sanctioning any sale of winger Douglas Costa to Man Utd, Italian reports claim. Senior Old Trafford insiders have confirmed the Red Devils want to seal a £50m January swoop for the rapid Brazilian, who has been pushed out of the first-team picture in Turin following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Costa joined Juve from Bayern Munich for £35m during the summer but his camp are understood to have already been sounded out by intermediaries acting on behalf of United. However, Juventus officials are scenting an opportunity which could see them offer to pay a vastly reduced price for Pogba, in addition to using Costa as a sizeable makeweight. The Italian giants raised the prospect of re-signing Pogba when the two sides recently met in the Champions League, just two years after selling the France midfielder back to United for a then world-record sum of £89m.
United continue to insist the World Cup winner is not for sale and the sacking this week of Jose Mourinho could certainly bring about a different perspective for the 25-year-old, with regards to his own long-term plans. Juventus, though, know Pogba still has a strong emotional attachment to them after his previous four years at the club, and United’s admiration for Costa could prove very useful leverage.