Man United keen on signing €60,000-a-week Serie A defender

Manchester United negotiated with Juventus over a mammoth deal for Paul Pogba and have told the Serie A champions they want Joao Cancelo in exchange for the France international, who is chased by Juventus and Real Madrid this summer.

Manchester United are adamant they will not let the Frenchman leave unless they receive an offer that is too good to reject.

Juventus director Fabio Paratici travelled to the British capital this week and spoke with the Red Devils chiefs face-to-face about signing Paul Pogba.

While Manchester United would want upwards of £130 million for the World Cup winner – a huge profit on the £89 million they paid to Juve three years ago – the cost could be lowered if players are included in the deal.

The Premier League giants made it clear they would be keen on signing Joao Cancelo, who looks likely to leave Italy this summer and had been closing in on a £44 deal move to Manchester City.

However, the English champions are yet to wrap up a move for the Portuguese as they need to sell Danilo first and Manchester United have swooped in, expressing their interest in the defender.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a new full-back one of his top priorities this transfer window, with Antonio Valencia having left the side and Ashley Young turning 34 next month.

They have had bids turned down for Crystal Palace ace Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with the London club =holding out for as much as £60 million.

Joao Cancelo – who registered three assists in 25 Serie A appearances last campaign – would represent significantly better value for cash, though would, of course, mean that the Red Devils lose Paul Pogba, something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had wanted to avoid as he looks to rebuild the club.