So Paul Pogba wants to return to Juventus according to agent Mino Raiola.
Raiola told ESPN: “Italy is like home for Paul. He not mind going home to Juve but we will see what happens after the Euros.”
Pogba will have to hope Juventus can muster up the kind of money United want, reported by Goal to be £150 million.
There is one option to smooth a deal along between Juventus and Manchester United.
Call it a nuclear negotiation option: A Cristiano Ronaldo for Paul Pogba swap deal.
The case for
There would have to be some cash in there too heading to United, but most people would agree the Red Devils would be getting the better and more impactful player.
Ronaldo is a force of nature, he is relentless, and his goal record this season for Juventus. He’s scored 24 goals already, including 20 in 20 Serie A games.
Since joining Juventus in 2018 he has struck 41 goals in 51 games and provided 10 assists. He is showing no signs of slowing down at all.
Ronaldo is setting records and the way he looks after his body and takes his fitness so seriously suggests he could play at the top level until he’s 40. And why not, if he wants to stand apart from Lionel Messi, simply outlasting him is one way to approach it.
United need a goalscorer and Ronaldo would solve this problem in an instant.
He’s the type of player who would drag the standard of the team up and instantly turn United back into a side challenging at the top end of the Premier League table.
It could have been so different at United had we paid up to sign Ronaldo in 2018. Just because we missed that opportunity does not mean we should not try to force through a negotiation this time. It’s not too late to bring him back.
And if United want a player with the commercial pulling power to replace Pogba, then wow, Ronaldo would be exactly that.
The case against
Now obviously there are clear reasons against this possible move happening. Ronaldo’s age is the biggest.
No player at 35 would even be considered for the type of monetary value Ronaldo’s role in a Pogba swap would equivalate to.
Ronaldo is special, but there’s no way of knowing if he could sustain his form at his age, in a physically more demanding league.
The Alexis Sanchez saga has haunted United and will continue to do so. It’s probably reason enough for the board to back off this one.
Whether Ronaldo would even want to return to Old Trafford right now is questionable too.
Would he really walk away from Champions League football, when he only has limited shots left to win the competition again?
And he’d be quitting almost guaranteed trophies at Juventus for a club which haven’t won anything since 2017. United may need Ronaldo to win everything this season to make him consider quitting on top.
Finances and a need to transform United’s squad also frame Pogba’s departure as a big opportunity.
As tempting as a short term move for Ronaldo may be, United may rather just have £150 million in cash or close to it, to reinvest in players who could have five to 10 years careers ahead of them at Old Trafford.
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