Manchester United transfer targets Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba could both be moving clubs this summer. But United look likely to miss out on both players, according to reports from Italy this morning.
Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claims today that Juventus are set to make a move for Cavani with former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba set to move in the opposite direction.
Pogba has excelled during his two-and-a-half seasons since he left Old Trafford and is regarded as one of the finest midfielders in Serie A. A return to United has been suggested, though Pogba himself is believed to be cool to the idea.
Cavani was linked with United last summer after a season in which he played in a wide role rather than as an out-and-out striker. But his club side, Paris Saint-Germain, insisted he was going nowhere and he remains with the French champions.
The Uruguay international has scored 13 goals in 26 games for PSG so far this season, but he fell foul of coach Laurent Blanc after turning up late for the club’s winter training camp in Morocco at the end of last month. Rumours coming from France suggest his days at PSG are numbered.
Corriere dello Sport claims that Cavani’s wages are a problem for Juventus but that the club and the player are looking to get round that problem.
Juventus’s highest-paid player currently earns €5million a year after tax. Cavani earns €9million a year at PSG and has three years left on his current deal, but the newspaper claims he is willing to review his salary.
Juve could offer him €5million in a five-year contract – a hefty amount for a player who would be 33 years old once that contract expires.