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According to Simon Mullock of the Mirror, the Bianconeri are prepared to swap the player and cash—a combined total value in the region of £150 million—to bring Pogba back to Turin.
He’s said to be thinking about his future and weighing up an exit that could even come in January, while Pogba has done little to defuse speculation about his discontent at Old Trafford.
When asked about his United future, the Frenchman said that while he was under contract at the club, “who knows what will happen in the next few months,” per Charlotte Duncker of the Manchester Evening News.
Per Samuel Luckhurst of the same publication, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho isn’t any clearer on whether his star player will stay:
Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst
Mourinho on Paul Pogba: ‘He never told me he wants to leave… If he doesn’t tell me he wants to leave, it’s because he wants to stay. That’s my conclusion… (but) at this moment, I am in the dark.’ #mufc
The midfielder returned to United from Juve in 2016 but has found it difficult to show more than flashes of his brilliance.
His inconsistent showing in United’s 2-1 win over Watford neatly summarised his time at the club, per Squawka’s Muhammad Butt:
Muhammad Butt @muhammadbutt
Pogba has been so naff in the last 10 or so minutes. making so many bad decisions on the break. he was class before that tho, so y’know, mixed bag.
Consistency was less of an issue during his time with Juventus, and the Bianconeri will be hoping he can recapture his best form by returning there.
As for Dybala, he has perhaps suffered not because of Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival, but the form of Federico Bernardeschi, as Bleacher Report’s Gianni Verschueren noted:
Gianni Verschueren @ReverschPass
If Federico Bernardeschi keeps this up, Paulo Dybala better get used to that bench
He’s a player of immense talent, though:
💎 @PauDybala_JR’s magic lights up the Allianz one year ago today! ⚽️ #GoalOfTheDay #ForzaJuve https://t.co/0ekFU8C7Ab
If Pogba’s consistency remains an issue for United, letting him go in exchange for a player of Dybala’s quality could be a worthwhile move.
Indeed, such players are not available all too often, even to clubs of the Red Devils’ stature and resources.