Thursday, 21 July 2016
Manchester United reaches an agreement to sign Paul Pogba for world-record €110 million fee
Manchester United are said to have agreed a fee for the signing of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, with the possible world record transfer edging ever-closer after weeks of speculation.
French daily L'Equipe report that two key agreements were made when representatives from the two sides met on Wednesday - Juventus agreeing in principle that Pogba be allowed to leave, and United coming to an agreement on a fee which could reach as high as €120m.
Presently, Gareth Bale is still the most expensive signing of all time following his £85m move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013, but United are set to place a nine-figure offer comprised of money up front, plus add-ons.
Pogba and agent Raiola are reported to be due a 20 per cent bonus from the transfer fee after reaching an agreement with Juventus in their last set of negotiations with the club, and the 23-year-old himself has looked to speed up the moving process after telling Juve of his desire to move on.
The midfielder joined Juventus in 2012 on a free transfer from United after not being given enough match time in the first team, but has developed into one of the world's finest in his position since joining the Turin giants.
Asked if he'd return to Old Trafford during an interview in the United States last week, Pogba smiled and replied: "I don't know. We'll see, we'll see. For the moment I'm at Juve and I'm happy. I don’t know where I want to go."
United have already added Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to their squad, with Mourinho keen to get his major business tied up as quickly as possible.