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Manchester United Offer Player In Part-Exchange For Paul Pogba [Report]

Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United is one which has managed to cram an entire summer’s worth of a saga into a few short weeks.

The general consensus is that, following the deals to bring in Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the French international has become manager José Mourinho’s number one priority as he shapes his squad ahead of the new season.

The latest twist in the tale comes from the Mirror who, citing Italian sources, are claiming that Mourinho is to offer unwanted playmaker Juan Mata to Juventus in part-exchange in order to sweeten the £100m deal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Juan Mata of Manchester United (L) celebrates as he scores their first goal during The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on May 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Mata only lasted a few months under Mourinho at Chelsea, and reports over the past number of weeks have suggested that Mourinho’s misgivings about Mata’s ability have remained – he has a preferred style of play and the 28 year old simply does not fit into that.

As such, he is likely to be sold, and despite interest from fellow Premier League side Everton, Mourinho is apparently quite happy to use the Spanish international as a makeweight in any potential deal for Pogba.

However, the report goes on to speculate that Juve are unlikely to go for the offer. While they do rate Mata, any deal with Manchester United (or, indeed, Real Madrid) would have to be solely a cash offer.

With the €32m of Roma’s Miralem Pjanić last month, the Bianconeri believe that they are now well-stocked in the playmaker department, and as such would be keen to instead use the £100m to find replacements for Pogba and Álvaro Morata.

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JULY 07: Paul Pogba of France celebrates at full-time following the UEFA Euro 2016 Semi Final match between Germany and France at Stade Velodrome on July 07, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

With Pogba due back at Juventus from international duty within the next fortnight, there may soon be some significant progress on this transfer.

Alternatively, this deal (or lack thereof) could yet rumble on for a number of weeks. So we might have that to look forward to.

In the meantime, Pogba could be set to win his first major trophy at international level as his France side take on Portugal in the Euro 2016 final on Sunday night.

While Mata is probably on his way out of Old Trafford, meanwhile, it is unlikely that Juventus will be his next destination.

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