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Juventus considering Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba swap deal?

Juventus considering Ronaldo, Pogba swap?
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba may reportedly return to former clubs Manchester United and Juventus respectively in a sensational swap deal next year.

Juventus have reportedly not ruled out using Cristiano Ronaldo as part of a swap deal for wantaway Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Pogba's agent Mino Raiola dropped another bombshell earlier this week when declaring that the Frenchman's time at Old Trafford "is over".

Raiola also hinted that Juve, where Pogba won four Serie A titles in four seasons, would be his client's preferred destination in 2021.

Juve would need to raise in excess of £50m to purchase their former player, however, while his hefty wages must also be accounted for.

According to The Independent's chief football writer Miguel Delaney, the Italian giants could use Ronaldo as a makeweight, with the superstar forward's £28m-a-year salary proving a problem for the club.

"Talking to people during the week because I've been doing something on the Paul Pogba situation, which is connected to Ronaldo, and the fact that Juventus might actually be interested in a swap," Delaney told the Football Ramble show.

"It's not impossible. Connected to all that was the view that ultimately, Juventus are trying to install this collective idea of football.

"They tried it with [Maurizio] Sarri, now they're trying do it with [Andrea] Pirlo, but that is almost impossible to do while Ronaldo is there, because the way he plays, he just doesn't really fit into that collective approach."

Real Madrid are the other likely destination for Pogba should he be granted his wish to leave United, having recently reiterated that he "dreams" of playing for the La Liga champions.

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