Juventus have been pushed forward as favourites to sign Paul Pogba after Mino Raiola admitted this week the Manchester United player “has to change teams” sooner rather than later.

The agent also revealed the midfielder is unhappy at Old Trafford and with a contract expiring in 2022, the France international will not sign an extension.

Earlier in October, reports in Italy indicated the Turin club had planned to take the 27-year-old back to the club in the summer, but his signing was ‘blocked’ due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Calciomercato gives a background on one of the formulas used by the Old Lady to sign the World Cup winner in the last window.

It’s claimed the €100m valuation slapped down by the Red Devils made it ‘impossible’ for the Serie A winners to acquire Pogba’s services by paying a conventional transfer fee. The only option available was through a swap deal.

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During ‘indirect’ talks, Juve ‘offered’ Miralem Pjanić and Douglas Costa to United in exchange for Pogba.

The Italian champions received ‘negative response’ from the Old Trafford club because the midfielder and winger were not on top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer list.

Pjanić moved to Barcelona in a deal that saw Arthur move in the opposite direction, while Costa returned to Bayern Munich on a loan deal.

The Bosnian is currently unhappy with a lack of opportunities at the Camp Nou, while Costa has made only four starts in all competitions for Bayern.

Pogba stayed at United, but that could soon change in the winter market after Raiola dropped his bombshell earlier this week.