After missing out on Matthijs de Ligt last summer to Juventus, Manchester United may have a second chance.
The Mail report United may be able to do a swap deal with Juventus for Paul Pogba and De Ligt.
Both players are represented by controversial agent Mino Raiola.
Swap deals like this are usually pretty laughable, and we’d rate this one as having around a 2/10 chance of coming off.
Pogba has given positive vibes lately regarding a potential return, and it is very unlikely a club will pay United’s asking price of £100 million plus. That was the case even before the ongoing global crisis.
What is De Ligt’s situation?
De Ligt was regarded as the best centre-back prospect in the world a year ago after he helped Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals at just 19.
Juventus struck a deal to sign him for £67.5 million, a fee which was cheap by some of the figures connected with him.
But lost amid the hype, was the fact De Ligt was just 20, switching leagues, and was expected to play like a world class defender from day one in new surroundings.
He has had a lot of harsh criticism as a result, and has been under appreciated. De Ligt has made 17 Serie A starts out of 26, also scoring twice.
Would he be a good fit for United?
A deal on the cheap now for De Ligt could be a very good investment for the future.
United are not short of centre-backs, with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe.
At the same time it could be a mistake and dangerous to pass up a deal to sign De Ligt, who is a leader, and could star for the club for a decade.
There is a higher upside to keeping Paul Pogba and getting him to gel with Bruno Fernandes, than adding another centre-back.
But if Pogba is desperate to leave, doesn’t want to play, and there are no substantial bids, this could be the best United can do, landing a potentially world class player in return.
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