Juventus star Paulo Dybala could be on his way to Manchester United as soon as January as part of a deal to take Paul Pogba back to Turin, according to The Mirror.
The Italian champions were keen to re-sign the France international in the summer but a move failed to materialise, although it seems they have not been put off in the chase for their former star.
And Dybala, who is rated at £100 million, may be used as a makeweight to get the transfer over the line.
The Argentine is highly thought of across Europe, but Juve’s acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid has put his place in the line-up under threat.
Having started just one of the Old Lady’s first three Serie A matches of the new season, Dybala is likely to be questioning his long-term future at the club and United could be the ones to profit.
Meanwhile, Pogba has refused to commit himself to the Old Trafford outfit amid rumours that he is unhappy with life under manager Jose Mourinho.
Having starred for his country at the World Cup in the summer, including scoring in the final against Croatia, the 25-year-old has made an inconsistent start to the domestic campaign, although he performed well in the victory at Watford on Saturday.
A return to Juventus, where he showed the best form of his young career to date, would seem to suit all parties, particularly if United can bring in Dybala as part of the bargain.
The Red Devils endured a tough opening to the Premier League term, but have won their last two matches to move onto nine points and level with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
They face Swiss side Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday night, before hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.