United still bent on securing £100m-tag Pogba

PogbaMANCHESTER United are closing in on a record-breaking deal for Paul Pogba, with senior players confident it is only a matter of time before he moves to Old Trafford.

The summer-long courtship of the France midfielder has moved up a gear, with United looking to hold formal talks with Juventus over a transfer that will break the £100 million barrier.

United’s opening offer is expected to be £86m, and with add-ons for appearances, goals and trophies, the eventual fee will far exceed the £85m Tottenham received from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale in 2013.

Juventus maintain Pogba is not for sale but there is growing belief within United’s dressing room that the 23-year-old will return to the club he left four years ago.

Ed Woodward, the club’s executive vice-chairman, did not travel with United’s squad for the start of their tour to China and he will lead negotiations with Juventus to secure Pogba’s release.

Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola are understood to be due a 20 per cent bonus from the fee as part of their last contract negotiation with Juventus. Though Raiola maintains Pogba will not ask to leave, Juventus may need him to do that in order to justify the sale to fans. The player is currently on holiday in Miami with Romelu Lukaku, another of Raiola’s clients.

United will not stop trying to make him their marquee signing. They are willing to pay Pogba, whose deal with Juventus runs until 2019, terms that could reach £300,000 a week over five years.

Jose Mourinho is putting his stamp on United’s squad and if, as expected, Pogba becomes their fourth addition of this window, it will not be the end of the club’s spending.

Mourinho is looking for as many as four new faces as he seeks to build a squad that can challenge for the Premier League title as well as juggling the demands of a Europa League campaign. – DailyMail

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