Danielle Rugani, 23, Miralem Pjanic, 28, and Gonzalo Higuain, 30, are the names with ‘For Sale’ signs appended to them.
Rugani and Higuain are targets for Chelsea with the Premier League club close to agreeing a £44m deal for the central defender. It’s claimed the Argentina international may be added to create a £90m ‘super deal’ to mask the fact the Bianconeri are receiving considerably less for the prolific striker than they should.
Roman Abramovich, Chelsea’s long-distance owner, is understood to be talking to his advisors about the deal, and potentially one for Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund’s 19-year-old winger.
Pjanic was recently suggested as Manchester City’s preferred choice after Jorginho, 25, decided to move to Chelsea instead of the Etihad. However, recent comments attributed to Pep Guardiola suggest that deal is dead in the water.
A reported £90m valuation by Juventus is deterring the very small cadre of clubs who would be interested in signing the Bosnia and Herzegovina international.
The move for Pogba is fraught with problems for Juventus. While the player and his agent may be amenable to a deal, Manchester United are likely to want more than the £89m they paid for the World Cup winner two years ago.
However, the deterioration of his relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho makes a departure seem more likely, particularly after the backhanded manner of comments from Mourinho on the club’s USA tour.
There was little congratulation on the summer’s achievements for the player, instead the Portuguese chose to declare the player needs to up his game, observations which won’t have gone down well with the entourage.