Mourinho should make a bold move and swap Pogba for Pjanic and cash

According to Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport, Juventus are looking to offload midfielder Miralem Pjanic and re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United.

What’s the story?

Pjanic joined Juventus in the summer of 2016 for £24.5m from fellow Italian side Roma and has since played 91 times in all competitions for the Old Lady. During this time he has registered 15 goals and 28 assists and is now valued at £58.5m by Transfermarkt.

Now though, Juve want to sell the Bosnian international and Calcio Mercato report that Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are all interested in signing him.

Having already signed Cristiano Ronaldo in a £105m deal this summer, the Italian champions are now looking to replace Pjanic with the man who he himself replaced in 2016.

Pogba previously spent four years at Juventus after joining the Turin club on a free transfer from United, before returning to Manchester in an £89m deal in 2016, the same summer that Pjanic arrived from Roma.

Swap deal

Paul Pogba kissing the World Cup trophy

In this situation, United boss Jose Mourinho should make a bold move and offer Juventus Pogba in return for Pjanic and an extra fee.

According to Sky Sports, the Portuguese manager warned Pogba last season that his performances must be more consistent. Sky also reported that, after the 25-year-old won the World Cup with France this summer, Mourinho claimed the tournament format suited Pogba better as there were less distractions.

With this breakdown between manager and player alongside Pogba failing to find his best form having rejoined United, it may be the perfect time for Mourinho to cash-in on the Frenchman after his impressive summer performances.

It would be a deal that would certainly shock United fans, but having swapped Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Alexis Sanchez in January this year it is clearly a type of deal that Ed Woodward and Mourinho are comfortable with. Securing a top midfield replacement and an extra chunk of cash would certainly make the blow of losing Pogba easier.