Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has met with officials of Italian giants Juventus, as the Red Devils prepare an £85m bid for French sensation Paul Pogba, as per The Express.
United’s interest in bringing Pogba back to Old Trafford, with Sir Alex Ferguson having inexplicably let him leave in 2012, has been rumoured for a while, and it looks like Woodward is ready to make a firm offer for the 23-year-old.
Jose Mourinho was unveiled as the new Manchester United manager on Tuesday, and spoke of his desire to bring one more new face to Old Trafford, in order for his squad to be complete.
“We decided four targets. From these four, we have three and until we don’t have the fourth, we are still working hard, myself, the structure, Mr Woodward, the owners, we are working hard.
“When we have the fourth, then I breathe and then the market will be open. We are not going to get the fourth on 31 August, we will get the fourth before then.”
Such decisive words will be music to the ears of United fans, who have seen their side embarrassed by prolonged fruitless pursuits of stars such Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Pedro, during Woodward’s time at the club.
The arrivals of youngster Eric Bailly and veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic have already been confirmed, with the capture of Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkitaryan expected to follow in the coming days. United have gone about their business swiftly, in the manner they used to under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Such impressive early business suggests that a lack of Champions League football hasn’t deterred potential targets, but it remains to be seen whether Pogba, one of the hottest properties in world football, could be convinced to spend at least a season outside of Europe’s elite club competition.