Juventus superstar Paul Pogba is seemingly getting closer and closer to becoming the final piece of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United jigsaw, with the latest rumours suggesting the club and player have an agreement in principle ahead of a formal record bid.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, United are now ready to make the offer of €120m, the equivalent of around £105m – a fee that would make the French midfielder the most expensive player in the world.
It comes as the clubs strikes an agreement ‘in principle’ with the player himself over personal terms that will see Pogba earn €13m in net annual salary – wage of close to £215,000-per-week after tax. Agent Mino Raiola has once again been a key figure.
Di Marzio is very well connected in Italy and Turin, having been a leading source this time last year when United wrapped up a deal to sign Matteo Darmian from Torino.
The Daily Mail also has its own separate report on the subject, revealing that United will pay £300,000, presumably before tax, over the course of a five-year contract. The Daily Mirror carries another separate yet similar report, adding further substance to the story as a whole.
An earlier report from the Manchester Evening News had also suggested that formally negotiating a fee with Juventus isn’t expected to be a problem, while citing its own source that claimed Pogba would ‘happily return’ to Old Trafford.
United have been targeting four new signings this summer. Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have already arrived, and Mourinho was insistent when he spoke to the media earlier this week that the club’s business would be sewn up long before the transfer deadline in seven weeks’ time.
The new boss was rumoured to want a ‘statement’ signing, one that will make the rest of Europe stop and take note. Pogba could now very well be that statement.
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