Manchester United replacing Paul Pogba with Aaron Ramsey would allow Bruno Fernandes to continue in his favoured position in the midfield, says transfer expert Duncan Castles. The Transfer Window podcast claim Juventus are prepared to offer Ramsey plus cash this summer to re-sign Pogba.
Fernandes has shone in the No 10 role since joining United from Sporting Lisbon in January.
The Portugal star is yet to play alongside Pogba due to the ongoing ankle problem the Frenchman has had.
But Pogba would generally want to play in a similar role to the one Fernandes has been occupying, with two more defensive-minded midfield players behind him.
Therefore Castles can understand why United would want to replace Pogba with Ramsey, as the former Arsenal man would be more willing to work defensively.
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“With Aaron Ramsey you would be getting a player who would happily play in a number of midfield positions, has experience of playing a number of midfield positions in the Premier League and can do that defensive side of the duties,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.
“So yeah [the United midfield] would be more balanced [with Ramsey].”
But Castles cannot see a deal happening easily and reckons the coronavirus pandemic could put an end to the transfer.
“I think obviously the problem here is valuations,” he added.
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“I think that you do have clear indications from Pogba’s camp that he is interested in going back to Juventus, it’s something that Mino Raiola has floated in the public domain several times.
“So I don’t think it would be an issue from the perspective of ‘Would Pogba and Raiola accept that?’.
“There would be a big salary for them, a big commission for Raiola involved, they’d go straight into a team that expects to win the Italian title every year and be competitive for the Champions League which is what Pogba wants and what Raiola has said his client needs to have.
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“The question is, what kind of money can Juventus afford to put up in this context of a suspended season? With Italy being the worst hit country in Europe at present for coronavirus.
“You don’t see Juventus coming up with the kind of money that Manchester United were asking for Pogba last summer when Real Madrid wanted to sign him, the €160million fee that was being discussed.
“That will not happen from the Juventus end. So the question becomes can they present a number that is acceptable for Manchester United to solve a problem for both sides?
“And I think that’s a very open question.”
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