Tuesday 17 October 2017

Manchester United "agree wages deal" for target Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba in action for France at Euro 2016
Paul Pogba in action for France at Euro 2016
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United are reported to have edged closer to a deal to sign France and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, amid suggestions that his proposed contract to return to Old Trafford has now been agreed.

Italian sources are claiming United will pay Pogba €13m-a-year and will try and persuade unwilling sellers Juventus to part with the 23-year-old midfielder by making an eye-watering world record offer of €120m to sign him this summer.

Pogba has emerged as new United manager Jose Mourinho's chief transfer target, after he wrapped up deals to bring defender Eric Bailly, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford in his first few weeks at the club.

Real Madrid are also believed to be keen to sign Pogba, but United are said to be offering the most lucrative wages and transfer fee package, which gives them a chance to snap up one of the most wanted players in Europe.

Pogba famously left United back in 2012 after a contract dispute and it will cost the club a vast fortune to get him back now, but Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs believes he could be a great asset second time around in Manchester.

"He's a talented player. He can shoot with both feet, pass the ball with both feet and you don't realise how big he is," stated Giggs in his role as an ITV Sport pundit.

Jose Mourinho Picture: PA
Jose Mourinho Picture: PA

"Physically he's immense, he's strong, he's quick, and he's got everything. He has got everything."

Some of the reports emanating from Italian sources this summer have proved to be wide of the mark, but there appear to be momentum behind Mourinho's push to sign Pogba, in a move that would be a vivid statement of intent from the new regime in charge at Old Trafford.

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