During Paris Saint-Germain's dominant 4-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, scouts from Juventus were spotted at the BayArena, and reports suggest that they were there to cast their eye over Manchester United target Marco Verratti.
The Italian side are keen to bring in the 21-year-old and both sides could come to the table if a swap deal for former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was to be part of the deal. That would spell disaster for David Moyes with two of his top midfield targets choosing to play their football elsewhere.
Ever since he swapped Old Trafford for Turin, Pogba has continually linked with a move back to the Premier League. The young French international left United due to a lack of opportunities in the first-team, something he is now receiving in abundance at Juventus.
His superb performances for both club and country have led to speculation on his immediate future. Both Manchester United and PSG have been heavily linked with making a move for the Parisian.
After Yohan Cabaye's winter move the French capital, any move for Pogba would leave PSG with five central midfielders all vying for a starting spot, and young talent Adrien Rabiot pushed down the pecking order. If any deal for Pogba was to include the excellent Verratti, it would give Laurent Blanc the huge French star that he and QSI crave and would solve any over-crowding issues in the centre of the field.
Verratti's performances for PSG have been absolutely superb this season, forming a formidable partnership with both Thiago Motta and Blaise Matuidi.
The trio have been able to dominate every midfield in France, with each player contributing and combining together to devastating effect. Both Matuidi and Motta are about to sign new contracts at the club, leaving Verratti expendable, but only if they were able to use him as a pawn to land Pogba.
Born in the Parisian suburbs, Pogba is the perfect player to become the new face of PSG after Mamadou Sakho left the club, joining Liverpool. He is becoming a permanent feature in the French national team and will likely star at this summer's World Cup.
He ticks all the boxes for the French Champions. Verratti was recently criticised by Blanc for his tendency to play himself into trouble in dangerous areas of the pitch, a great player, but not the poster player that PSG are looking for, while he too would be enabled to move back to his homeland.
David Moyes is set to be handed a £100 million war-chest this summer, if Juventus and PSG pull off this deal, the Manchester United boss will have to look elsewhere as he tries to solve his midfield problem.
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