Multiple reports are claiming that Manchester United have had an initial bid of $113 million rejected for Paul Pogba by Juventus.
The Guardian says that a deal worth $131 million in total, with $17 million of that in add-ons, was rejected by Juve who are holding their resolve to try and keep their star man.
Other reports are also claiming that Pogba, 23, has agreed a five-year contract worth $15 million a year at Old Trafford.
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With Juventus apparently wanting $131 million for Pogba, plus another $12 million in add-ons, and they are locked in talks with United’s directors about agreeing a price for the French international midfielder.
Pogba left United in 2012 for a compensation fee in the region of $1.2 million but it now looks like four years late he’s ready to return and lead the Red Devils under Jose Mourinho.
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Mourinho has already signed Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and has spoke about landing three of his four targets as he strengthens United’s spine in his debut season in charge.
Pogba has won four-straight Serie A titles with Juve and although he’s said to be happy in Turin, these reports suggesting he and his agent, Mino Raiola, have already agreed a contract with United suggests this deal is careering along quite nicely.
It is believed United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has not flown out with the Red Devils on their preseason tour of China as he aims to wrap up the signing of Pogba in the coming days.
If United do get this deal over the line it would not only be a world-record transfer but also a huge statement of intent as the expensive rebuild under Mourinho continues.