Pogba Wanted As Part Of Mandzukic Transfer
Rumours over Manchester United’s January transfer dealings have intensified after Juventus director of football Fabio Paratici was spotted in London.
United want Juve’s Croatia international striker Mario Mandzukic and reports have suggested they have already agreed personal terms with the 33-year-old. However, they have yet to agree a deal with the Serie A side and Tuttosport claims that’s why Paratici flew to England.
Juventus are still looking for a deal for Mandzukic that would involve Pogba heading in the opposite direction. He played for the Serie A side from 2012 to 2016 winning the title in each of his four seasons at the club.
United put a price tag of £160 million on Pogba this summer although his performances so far this season have done little to justify that price tag.
There are flaws in this story. Some UK outlets claim Paratici was seen in Manchester. That isn’t true. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has an office in London so it would make sense for Paratici to go to the capital for talks.
However, the Juve chief could have been in London to speak to any other Premier League club over potential January transfers. Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen could be a target as the Dane heads into the final six months of his contract.
Whether Manchester United would agree to a January move for Pogba is open to question especially as it would be almost impossible for them to recruit an adequate replacement in the winter market. But a move for Mandzukic could still be on the cards without it.