Real Madrid and Juventus are reportedly planning a swap deal involving Paul Pogba and Angel Di Maria, a move that will scupper the plans of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Juventus would ideally like to keep hold of their star midfielder, but realise that is increasingly unlikely with all of the interest that the young Frenchman has gathered following his impressive World Cup.
Pogba has also shown no signs of wanting to extend his contract beyond 2016, so Juventus would be wise to cash in while he still retains value.
If Juventus are to sell Pogba, then boss Antonio Conte wants to reinvest the funds in a versatile forward so he can play a 4-3-3 system next season. Di Maria would fit the bill perfectly.
Pogba during the World Cup v. GermanyPogba during the World Cup v. Germany
Both Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with a £40m move for Di Maria recently, whilst Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho seem determined to add Pogba to their sides. Madrid would rather retain Di Maria, but seem willing to sell him for around £40m.
These new reports suggest, however, that the Spanish giants would rather use their man to prise Pogba from the clutches of Juventus.
If reports are true and Juventus are keen on a switch for the Argentinian attacking midfielder then this would leave all interested Premier League parties disappointed.