Juventus have been urged to part ways with Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot so they can afford to table a bid for Paul Pogba.
Former Juve star Alessio Tacchinardi believes the two midfielders are surplus to requirements at the Turin giants.
Pogba has been heavily linked with a move from Old Trafford to Real Madrid this summer after hardly featuring this season.
But Juventus are also keen to bring the France midfielder back to Italy after he left the club in a record £89million deal in 2016.
And Tacchinardi – who played for Juventus between 1994 and 2007 – believes the club must cut ties with two midfielders to finance the move.
He told Tuttosport : “In order to get Pogba back, I would let Rabiot and Ramsey go, even if the Welshman did show a few signs of life in the last few games.”
Former Arsenal star Ramsey has struggled to put together a consistent run of games since joining Juventus last summer.
The 29-year-old has made 24 appearances and scored four goals but faces stiff competition for a spot in the Italian champions’ starting XI.
And Tacchinardi believes the midfield lynchpin should be Uruguay international Rodrigo Bentancur.
He added: “I have no doubts that for (manager) Maurizio Sarri’s style of football, he should hand the reins of the midfield to Rodrigo Bentancur.
“The Uruguayan is made of strong stuff, he has charisma, is always in the right place at the right time, keeps it simple and knows when to pass or pummel.
“He’s not Andrea Pirlo, but then I don’t think Sarri would want a player like that in front of the defence.”
Bentancur joined Juventus in 2017 and is emerging as one of Europe’s finest young midfielders.
The 22-year-old has contributed seven assists from midfield in Serie A and could form a potent partnership with Pogba.
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