Juventus’s move for Gonzalo Higuain could force the Italian club to sell star asset Paul Pogba to Manchester United, after reportedly bidding £78m for the Napoli star.
Speculation has been mounting in recent weeks with regards to United’s pursuit of the Frenchman and Higuain’s imminent transfer to Turin could be the turning point for Jose Mourinho’s side in the race to sign Pogba before the deadline Mino Raiola set for the move arrives.
Fans of Manchester United have become increasingly excited due to the astronomical fee that Juve will have to pay Napoli and as a result, believe that the Italian giants will fund the move by selling Pogba to his old club.
Juventus are prepared to pay Higuain's release clause at €94m. The only way they could possibly afford this is to sell Paul Pogba. #MUFC
— ManUnitedMedia – Josh (@ManUnitedMedia) July 14, 2016
If Juventus are paying *that* sort of money for Higuain then it means Pogba is definitely off.
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) July 14, 2016
Juventus have made an offer of around €94 million for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain
Gazzetta dello Sport
Already spending the Pogba money?
— All things man utd (@allthingsmanufc) July 14, 2016
Such an astronomical fee would certainly suggest that Juventus would be unable to pay the €94m fee for Higuain without parting with Pogba, but the €23m sale of Alvaro Morata and the proposed €20m move of Simone Zaza to Wolfsburg would cover nearly half the price of Higuain’s move.
In addition, Leonardo Bonucci could join Manchester City for £51m, which would disable any need to engineer a move for Higuain through the sale of Pogba to Manchester United.
Higuain scored an outrageous 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances for Napoli last season, and Arsenal have been rumoured to be interested in signing the Argentinian.
However, if the rumours are true and Juventus are using the profit generated from the sale of Pogba to United to finance their move for Higuain, Jose Mourinho has indirectly prevented a close rival from making a wonderful signing, killing two birds with one stone.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.