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5 players who could replace Paul Pogba at Juventus

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Blaise Matuidi would do well to replace his compatriot at Juventus

Let's face it, Paul Pogba is heading back to Manchester United. The 23-year-old has long been linked with a move away from Juventus with Real Madrid and his former club constantly reiterating their interest in him. He's won four Scudetto titles with the Turin club and has reached the finals of the UEFA Champions League but is sure to hit his stride upon moving to one of the two aforementioned clubs. 

Pogba is an exceptional talent and that's why Juventus have asked for a world-record fee from Ed Woodward and the rest of the Manchester United hierarchy. He can score goals, he can create chances and most of all, he can win you games. 

While all the news is currently focused on United signing the Frenchman, there's not much talk on who could potentially replace the dynamic midfielder for Massimiliano Allegri's side. Here are five players who could very do the job for the Italian side: (In no particular order whatsoever

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Ivan Rakitic

Ivan Rakitic's attacking intent could be a huge boost for the Turin club

It's highly likely Barcelona will want to sell Ivan Rakitic to anyone this summer or the next. The Croatian has been an incredible signing for Luis Enrique and the Catalans winning the UEFA Champions League once and the La Liga twice in the last two years. 

Alongside Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets, he's formed a formidable partnership often releasing the forward players with ease. Just like Pogba, Rakitic is inclined to burst forward often and get into the box in the right place at the right time. 

At Juventus, Rakitic will slot in easily alongside the likes of Claudio Marchisio, Hernanes, and Sami Khedira often playing the same role his predecessor did. Only this time, he'll have a deadly combination in Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain. 

Rakitic could very well a perfect replacement for Pogba at Juventus but he'll either cost the club – in transfer fees and wages – a lot or will simply choose to stay with Barcelona where he can play with the likes of Lionel Messi, Iniesta and the like. 

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