Manchester United could replicate Barcelona swap deal to complete Cristiano Ronaldo move

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Manchester United could pull off a similar swap deal with Juventus to the one the Old Lady did with Barcelona last summer, according to reports. United are interested in re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba is linked with a return to Juventus. Both players see their respective contracts expire at the end of next season.

Last summer, Juve did business with Barcelona which saw a player head in the opposite direction.

Brazilian midfielder Arthur left the Nou Camp to join Juve for a fee of around £75million.

Meanwhile, Barca signed Miralem Pjanic from Juve for around £59m.

Both deals were completed to help each club in terms of Financial Fair Play implications.

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Speaking on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast, Duncan Castles says a similar deal could be sorted between United and Juve for Pogba and Ronaldo.

There is an attraction on both sides to complete a swap in that way.

“There you have a potential solution in that Ronaldo could be moved to Manchester United should Manchester United decide that is the forward player who is the best option for them,” Castles said.

“A fee could be attached to the deal, Pogba go the other way to Juventus, again a fee attached to the deal.

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“You would have essentially a Financial Fair Play swap, similar to what Juventus did with Barcelona last summer in taking Arthur Melo from Barcelona for a substantial initial fee and have Pjanic in that case move to Barcelona for an initial €60m.

“What that allowed Juventus, allowed both clubs to do because of the way transfer fees are amortised, is to book a positive economic effect as they called it for that year’s transactions.

“So there’s attractions there to both clubs in terms of a way you can manufacture a deal.”

Pogba spent four years at Juve between 2012 and 2016 before a then world-record return to United.

Massimiliano Allegri has returned as Juve manager, replacing the sacked Andrea Pirlo.

And Castles says the Italian would welcome Pogba back in Turin.

He added: “I can tell you that Max Allegri is a fan of Pogba, had a very good relationship with Pogba when they worked together at Juventus, and I’m told would be interested in bringing him back to Juventus if that fitted in with the rest of his transfer plans and it could be done in a way that could be accommodated with the limited budget they have.”

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