Lucas Moura and ex-Manchester United wonderkid swap deal an option?

Could former Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba find himself swapped for one of their transfer targets?

In another parallel universe, Paul Pogba and Lucas Moura could both have still been Manchester United players, had a simple case of a contract renewal and a transfer chase been successfully concluded in 2012.

Instead the highly valued pair play for two other of Europe's most prestigious clubs, Juventus and PSG.

Their fortunes are presently quite different, while Pogba is hitting his stride at Juventus, Lucas Moura has had a disappointing beginning to the season, playing 90 minutes just three times.

Pogba's emergence has only served to make him one of the world's most most in-demand footballers, and it is natural that French champions PSG who are one of the richest clubs in football, would be considering trying to sign him.

Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed yesterday that PSG are preparing a €60 million bid for the Frenchman, who signed for Juventus on a free transfer just over a year ago, however the Italians want to keep him for at least another season.

However there is a new twist today with the same newspaper claiming Juventus are considering bidding for Lucas Moura, who is said to want more regular playing time after being dropped from Brazil's recent friendlies - with next year's World Cup weighing on his mind.

Nani and Jeremy Menez remain alternate options for Juventus, but the spectre of a remarkable swap deal has resultantly raised it's head.

Brazilian outlet Lancenet, who are focusing on Lucas Moura's future believe that the winger could be used to reduce the cash expense required to sign Paul Pogba.

It's ambitious talk, but as far as sensational transfer stories go, this one at least seems plausible. Whether either side really have the desire to push through such a move may depend on the players themselves.


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