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Report: PSG Ready to Swoop for Juventus-Star Pogba in January

BOLOGNA, ITALY - DECEMBER 06: Paul Pogba # 6 of Juventus ( L ) competes for the ball with Alessandro Diamanti # 23 of Bologna FC ( R )  during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and Juventus at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on December 6, 2013 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2013

Here we go again.

Fans of Italian Giants Juventus have barely had the time to recover from their team's loss at the hands of Galatasaray, knocking the Bianconeri out of the UEFA Champions League, and if reports from the French press are to be believed, they better get ready for another major blow.

French newspaper L'Equipe are reporting that PSG are preparing a €40m bid for star midfielder Paul Pogba (via football-italia.net) in an attempt to lure the French international to the City of Light in January.

The talented youngster, who previously defended the colours of Manchester United before joining the Old Lady on a free transfer, is widely regarded as one of the hottest names on the transfer market and has been linked with seemingly every European powerhouse in the last six months.

Juventus have already stated they do not intend to sell Pogba and Sky Sports Italia are reporting that both parties are currently working on a deal that will tie the latter to the team for the foreseeable future (via Goal.com), but it is now believed that coach Antonio Conte would be open to selling his most prized asset in an attempt to recoup some of the revenue the Bianconeri lost by not qualifying for the last 16 of the UCL.

For the Parisiens, any deal for Pogba should have to be considered a major steal, regardless of the cost. While the team may not have a major need for reinforcements in midfield, a player as talented as Pogba is simply too good not to pursue. The youngster would surely find a way to contribute immediately and would be an excellent addition for the future. And as a full French international, the 20-year-old would immediately become a fan favourite.

Parting with the gifted midfielder would surely be a hard pill to swallow for the Bianconeri, but given the current financial climate of Italian football and the funds the team missed out on by not progressing in the UCL, the team might have no choice but to sell.

Coach Conte will surely hope that any deal for Pogba would involve Marco Verratti moving the other way. The Italian midfielder has long been on the Bianconeri's radar and nearly joined the club from Pescara before ultimately moving to the French capital.

A perfect fit to replace Andrea Pirlo in Conte's 3-5-2 once the midfield-maestro decides to hang up his boots, Verratti would make for a nice consolation price should Juventus be forced to part ways with Pogba.



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