Juventus will offer Douglas Costa in an attempt to push forward with negotiations for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, with the Bianconeri struggling to fund a bid close to the fee the Red Devils are demanding.
Pogba has been touted with a move to Real Madrid this summer, however, it’s believed his preferred move would be a return to Italy.
And according to a Calaciomercato exclusive, Juventus will include Costa, who they already deem as surplus to requirements, in a player-plus-cash deal for Pogba, perhaps banking on United’s desperation to sign a right-winger this summer.
Costa scored one goal and registered one assist in 17 Serie A appearances last season and will turn 29 in September and was also sent off for spitting in the face of a Sassuolo player in late 2018.
Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Costa, with Neymar reportedly wanting a move away from Ligue 1 this summer. However, Juventus will proceed with offering United Costa’s services as a bargaining tool in the talks for Pogba, despite the winger wanting to fight for his place under Maurizio Sarri.
The Telegraph say Pogba fears neither Madrid or Juventus will be able to afford United’s £160m asking price, though the Frenchman is not expected to attempt to force any move by going on strike. Pogba has two-years left on his contract at Old Trafford, with an option for a third which United hold the power to trigger. The newspaper also say United believe Euro 2020 will leave Pogba no choice other than to give his best if he does stay in England next season, as slacking for a year before securing a move could see France boss Didier Deschamps opt for other starters in midfield.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær will attempt to convince Pogba to focus after placing so much faith in him since replacing José Mourinho in December, but it remains to be seen how determined the 26-year-old is to leave Manchester.
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