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Manchester United duo set for axe as former star could return under Mourinho

Manchester United duo Matteo Darmian and Juan Mata could be sold by the club this summer, with Jose Mourinho making big changes to his squad.

Having already been axed by the Portuguese tactician during their time at Chelsea, it is perhaps no surprise that Mata is again at risk of being forced out.

According to The Express, Juventus value the Spanish playmaker at £30m, as they make their ambitious plans to continue their domestic dominance in Italy as well as make an impression in the Champions League next season.

However, that isn’t the only United star of interest to the Serie A champions, with Darmian also now on their radar following reports that the Italian is also set to be offloaded by Mourinho as part of his rebuilding process at Old Trafford.

As noted by The Sun, the Italian international is set to leave United after just one season at the club, and it will certainly be a disappointment for all concerned if true as ultimately he performed well in an injury-hit first year in England.

Nevertheless, the biggest news of the day for United fans is the suggestion that they have now emerged as the top destination for Paul Pogba, with rivals Manchester City dropping out of contention, according to The Guardian.

The French midfielder left the Red Devils in 2012, and has gone on to become a pivotal part of Juve’s success in recent years as well as establishing himself as a figurehead of their future.

Whether or not United make a formal offer for him remains to be seen, but given the interest from the Turin giants in Mata and Darmian, it could perhaps work to Mourinho’s advantage if they are able to agree on an exchange deal of some sort.

Much still has to happen before we get to that stage as ultimately there is no official word that any of the interest is true. However, it’s more than a coincidence that the pieces are starting to fall into place with the two European giants very much capable of doing business that could suit both parties this summer.

Juve will be desperate to keep hold of Pogba, who has given no indication of a desire to leave them, and so it will be down to United to make an appealing offer to make them think twice before players consider swapping clubs.

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