Paul Pogba has supposedly been instructed by Juventus manager Antonio Conte to discuss a potential move for former Manchester United teammate Patrice Evra, it has been claimed.
The two men are both currently on international duty with France at the World Cup and, according to reports from Italian publication Tuttosport cited by The Daily Star, Pogba - who spent two years at Old Trafford before leaving for the Old Lady back in 2011 - has been instructed to discuss the possibility of the experienced left-back joining him in Turin.
Indeed, the same speculation - in apparent accordance with reports from respected journalist Gianluca di Marzio that first surfaced earlier this week - goes on to suggest that Evra is indeed interested in such a transfer.
The possibility of Evra departing the club at this stage will presumably come as somewhat of a shock to Manchester United supporters, considering he only agreed to a one-year contract extension back in May.
Last month's arrival of England international left-back Luke Shaw for a fee in the region of £30 million from Premier League rivals Southampton clearly signalled the end of Evra's time as Manchester United's undisputed first-choice left-back, yet it seems somewhat unlikely that new manager Louis van Gaal would be content to see him depart given the recent sale of understudy Alexander Buttner to Dynamo Moscow.
Despite the obvious fact that his talents have diminished somewhat in recent seasons, Evra remains an influential figure around the squad and his vast experience would appear even more vital to the club's fortunes now that the similarly seasoned defensive duo of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand have moved on.
Watch: The latest Manchester United transfer news
Pogba's possible influence in Evra's way of thinking is hardly a surprise, however, with the immensely-talented midfielder having parted Manchester United under somewhat of a cloud after becoming totally disillusioned by his lack of progress into the first-team under Sir Alex Ferguson.
As well as that, Pogba - who scored Les Bleus' opener during their last 16 win over Nigeria in Brasilia last week - has clearly flourished during his subsequent three-year stint in Serie A, firmly establishing a reputation as arguably the most exciting young prospect in European football.
Speculation earlier this summer had suggested that Manchester United were keen on a return for Pogba prior to the start of next season.
While that always appeared somewhat of an unlikely prospect from the outset, one wouldn't imagine they expected him to play a potential role in the exit of one of their current players.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms