Report: Moyes was in Italy to present £40m Pogba bid

David Moyes

David Moyes claims his recent trip to Italy was a holiday, others believe it was a scouting mission, but new reports suggest it was a raid for Paul Pogba.

Manchester United manager David Moyes' presence at the Stadio Sant'Elia for Juventus' 4-1 win over Cagliari has caused a furore in the press with various different interpretations of the Scottish tactician's motive for being there.

While Moyes was keen to shrug the trip off as a holiday to Sardinia, it has been widely suggested that the ex-Everton man was watching a number of transfer targets on show.

United have been linked with Claudio Marchisio, Arturo VidalStephan Lichtsteiner and Cagliari defender Davide Astori, but the Premier League giants' primary target is believed to be their ex midfielder, Paul Pogba, who was allowed to leave Old Trafford for free in July 2012.

The Daily Mail believes that Moyes was at the Sant'Elia not to watch players but to present Juventus director Beppe Marotta an offer of around £40m for Pogba.

Sportmediaset insists it would be impossible for a deal to take place within the January transfer window but believes that United are laying the groundwork for a summer switch.

It is suggested that the Glazers have a budget of £100m to put Manchester United back on track and that they could also use Portuguese winger Nani, who Juventus are reportedly keen to sign, as part exchange.

Juventus are also believed to be interested in securing the services of United defender Nemanja Vidic, whose contract expires in the summer.

Meanwhile, Juventus officials are in negotiations with Pogba over a contract extension and there are suggestions in The Independent that the 20-year-old has rejected the possibility of a United return outright as he is bitter at his treatment by Sir Alex Ferguson.

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