Raiola’s Monte Carlo meeting to discuss Ronaldo-Pogba swap and Donnarumma

Carlo Garganese
Raiola’s Monte Carlo meeting to discuss Ronaldo-Pogba swap and Donnarumma

Mino Raiola met Juventus vice president Pavel Nedved this weekend in Monte Carlo to discuss a string of possible transfers, including Gianluigi Donnarumma and a Cristiano Ronaldo-Paul Pogba swap deal.

Raiola is the agent of Donnarumma and Pogba – and both player’s futures are under review currently.

The AC Milan goalkeeper is certain to leave San Siro after rejecting the offer of an extension to his contract that expires next month.

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The 22-year-old will leave on a free transfer, with one of Juventus, Barcelona or PSG the most likely destination.

Juve are considered the favourites for Donnarumma but they must sell their first-choice goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny, in order to free up space and budget for the Italy international.

Raiola’s Monte Carlo meeting to discuss Ronaldo-Pogba swap and Donnarumma

Raiola’s Monte Carlo meeting to discuss Ronaldo-Pogba swap and Donnarumma

But with the 31-year-old Szczesny on €7 million a year in Turin, this will not be an easy task.

Raiola and Nedved, who are very close friends, also discussed the possibility of a swap deal which would see Ronaldo and Pogba switch clubs.

According to Tuttosport, both players are unsettled at their respective clubs and see their contracts expire in 2022.

Pogba believes that he may need to leave Old Trafford in order to win more major honours. He is now 28 and has not come close to winning the league or Champions League since returning to Man Utd from Juve in 2016.

Ronaldo: Statistics in 2020/21

CategoryStatistic
Games51
Starts48
Goals39
Assists4
Man of the match9
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As for Ronaldo, Juventus would like to get him off their books in order to ease their €400m debts.

The Portuguese star will cost Juve around €60m in gross wages next season.

Ronaldo himself would be open to leaving as he is rumoured to be unhappy about the return of coach Max Allegri.

Raiola and Nedved also discussed the futures of PSV striker Donyell Malen and Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, two more of the agent’s clients.

Juve are potentially on the lookout for an attacker, while a swap deal was mooted which would see Romagnoli move to Turin and Federico Bernadeschi transfer to Milan.