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Juventus Offers Manchester United This Duo In Exchange For Pogba: Good Deal For All Parties?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by the Express, Juventus are prepared to offer both Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro in an attempt to convince Manchester United to sell Paul Pogba to them during the summer transfer period. The same source has also claimed that Real Madrid are still in the race for Pogba as they are prepared to meet Man United’s valuation of £120m for the French midfielder. But they have to sell Gareth Bale to fund a move for Pogba this summer.

Thus, the delay could pave the way for Juve in making a swoop for their former star in this offseason. Both Dybala and Sandro have been linked with a move to Old Trafford recently (via the Express), so they are players whom the Red Devils are interested in recruiting. Hence, it makes a lot of sense for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring the duo to Manchester as he tries to build a strong squad capable of finishing in the Premier League’s Top 4 next season.

Pogba’s Struggles In The Premier League This Season

Pogba has experienced an underwhelming campaign for the Mancunian outfit as he has struggled to find consistency with his performances on the pitch. Hence, a move back to his old club could be an ideal opportunity for him to get his career back on track.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has registered 16 goals while grabbing 11 assists in 47 matches for the Reds of Manchester this term. Even though his numbers are quite impressive, the fact remains that quite a significant chunk of his goals have come from the penalty spot.

Will Dybala And Sandro Be A Good Fit At Old Trafford?

On the other hand, Solskjaer will surely benefit from acquiring a player of Dybala’s attacking potential while Alex Sandro will also be a worthy candidate for the left-back position in the first-team.

However, it is also worth noting that Dybala has struggled to be productive in the recently concluded Serie A campaign as he scored just ten goals while grabbing six assists in 42 appearances for the Turin based club in all competitions.

Alex Sandro has shared a similar fate as he has also struggled to make an impact in the opposition half. The Brazilian has scored just one goal while grabbing three assists in 43 matches for Juve. More importantly, he has made an average of 2.1 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 1.9 clearances per game under Massimiliano Allegri’s stewardship this season (Stats taken from Whoscored).

Why This Player Swap Deal Could Be A Good Move For All Parties

It seems like all three players who might be involved in this blockbuster transfer have had their fair share of problems on the pitch. However, a change in scenery could be the perfect chance for them to reignite their careers in European football. Thus, Ed Woodward should try his best to get the deal done if Pogba does not commit his long-term future to the Red Devils this summer.

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