Jose Mourinho appears to be Manchester United’s secret weapon in their ambitious attempts to land Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, with the Old Trafford side now thought to have moved ahead of Real Madrid in the race as a result.
According to AS, Mourinho has given United the advantage despite Real having already entered into negotiations with Pogba and his agent, Mino Raiola.
It is said that Los Blancos are wary of their former manager and his pull, especially after he easily convinced David de Gea to stop any further chance of a move to the Bernabeu and pledge his allegiance to United.
This comes after reports on Friday suggested that Mourinho is confident of making one huge signing this summer ‘will make everyone sit up straight’ around Europe.
The report from AS notes that Real have concerns over Pogba’s €120m price tag and his €12m net salary demands. Such wages would put him ahead of big egos like Sergio Ramos in the Real dressing room, while the fee would make him the most expensive player of all time, way ahead of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
United certainly have the budget to achieve it after years of countless lucrative corporate partnerships, and Pogba most definitely fits the bill for Mourinho’s huge statement signing.
The only thing holding the 20-time English champions back is an immediate lack of Champions League football. However, still only 23 years of age, Pogba has time on his side, at least, while it’s worth noting that United convinced Angel Di Maria to ditch the elite competition in the past.
The other thing that could potentially help United in their quest is the involvement of the aforementioned Raiola and his increasing connections with the club.
United have already been deep in negotiations with the Italian-born Dutch agent regarding the attempted captures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan over the last few weeks.
Ibrahimovic is expected to sign just as soon as he collects a final loyalty bonus from Paris Saint-Germain when his contract formally expires next Thursday, while an agreement with Borussia Dortmund over an exact transfer fee is seemingly all that is holding Mkhitaryan back.
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