Serie A Giants Plan Double Swoop Next Summer
Juventus could make a move next summer for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. That’s according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport which claims Pogba is the next great project in the mind of Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici.
The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo in June was Paratici’s finest achievement in the eight years since he moved to Juve from Sampdoria along with his colleague and Juve chief executive officer Beppe Marotta. “He had it all set out in his head,” former Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved said of the signing of Ronaldo.
According to Tuttosport, Partici is already working out his next great coup. That appears to be the signing of both Paul Pogba from Manchester United and Real Madrid defender Marcelo.
Pogba has spoken in recent days over the prospect of him leaving Old Trafford. “Who knows what will happen in future months,” he said in France last week.
His agent Mino Raiola was rumoured during the summer to have offered the France international to both Juventus and Barcelona although Barca’s offer of £40million plus defender Yerry Mina and winger Andre Gomes – both now with Everton – was rejected out-of-hand by United.
It remains to be seen whether Pogba and manager Jose Mourinho can patch up the differences in their relationship. If that does happen then the prospect of a move away from Old Trafford will recede for the 24-year-old.
Berta Linked With Top United Job
Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta is the latest name to be linked with a move in to a similar role at Manchester United. The Italian joins former Tottenham transfer supremo Paul Mitchell – currently at Bundesliga side RB Leipzig – and Luis Campos of Lille as potential candidates for the new job at United.
Berta joined Atletico from Italian side Genoa in 2013 and worked behind the scenes on moves for the Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak and midfield playmaker Antoine Griezmann. He was linked with United in 2016 but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward decided instead to retain control over transfers. The club’s stance has changed following a poor summer transfer window and United expect to announce their first ever director of football before the end of the year.