Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho could look to offload defender Matteo Darmian to Juventus in an attempt to bring France international Paul Pogba to the club.
This has been reported by The Sun, who claim that the United hierarchy could use Darmian as bait to land one of the leading midfielders in world football.
Pogba, 23, departed Old Trafford back in 2012 after failing to establish himself as a key man under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson.
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After leaving the club behind on a free transfer, he has gone on to become one of the most established players in Europe and looks destined to become one of football's elite players.
That's why, then, Mourinho is seemingly intent on bringing him back to Manchester before the start of the 2016/17 campaign.
Pogba and Darmian deal
The report claims that United are believed to have launched a £60 million bid for the player's services last week.
Ultimately, though, it was rejected, but that's not going to stop Mourinho and co. in their pursuit of getting the deal over the line.
Indeed, there's now every chance that Darmian will be involved in any potential transfer. The same report documents that United want to try and get back as much of the £12 million they paid Torino for the full-back in the Pogba transfer.
United signed Darmian last summer under the Louis van Gaal regime, but he failed to maintain a regular role in the side.
The Italy international, who enjoyed a fine opening to his Old Trafford career, managed 28 appearances but lost his form as the season went on.
Now, then, it appears that he will be sacrificed under Mourinho.
Jose making changes
It's clear for all to see that the Special One is wasting little time in changing the dynamic of his new squad.
Mourinho has inherited a talented group of players in Manchester but can't afford to rest on his laurels in the pursuit of success.
Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly has already arrived and United fans will also be desperate to see the club land Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is set to be available on a free transfer.
The addition of Pogba, despite a potential mammoth fee, would really be an extraordinary one for the club. United fans won't be getting their hopes up just yet.
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