Man United transfers: Marcello Lippi tells Juventus to sell Paul Pogba
Marcello Lippi reckons Juventus should sell Paul Pogbal to fund spending spree
Marcello Lippi has urged Juventus to consider selling Manchester United target Paul Pogba to raise funds to sign three or four new players.
The France international has been heavily linked with a return to Old Trafford just two-and-a-half years after the midfielder quit United to join the Serie A champions.
It would be for so much money that they could buy three or four players to help them be consistent
Lippi was in charge of Juve when the Turin outfit sold Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid for a world-record £47m deal to fund moves for Gianluigi Buffon, Pavel Nedved and Lilian Thuram.
And the former Juventus boss reckons current boss Massimiliano Allegri should do the same with midfielder Pogba, creating the funds to give his squad a facelift.
“When I went back to Juventus, [Gianni] Agnelli called me and told me he had to sell Zidane,” Lippi is quoted as saying by Football Italia.
“He was the best player in the world, but they gave us 150 billion lire [€77m], he told me not to worry, that it would all be spent on the team.
“We bought, [Gianluigi] Buffon, [Pavel] Nedved and [Lilian] Thuram, regrouped and the team kept winning.
“It would be a massive sacrifice of course, for Juventus to lose Pogba, but it would be for so much money that they could buy three or four players to help them be consistent.”
Chelsea have also been linked with a big-money swoop for the highly-rated Juventus midfielder in recent weeks.
Pogba has been in impressive form for the Serie A champions, scoring five goals and making one assist in 16 top-flight games.
The France star has netted a total of 21 goals in 110 appearances since moving to Juve, winning back-to-back Italian top-flight titles.