Sunday 25 March 2018

Paul Pogba tells Juventus he wants to join Man Utd four years after he left for free - reports

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Paul Pogba has told Juventus that he wants to finalise a world record-breaking move to Manchester United in the coming days, according to multiple reports in Italy.

Juventus have been adamant that they would not consider a deal to sell Pogba unless the Frenchman asked to leave the Turin club, with Gazzetta dello Sport now reporting that that request has been made by the 23-year-old midfielder.

Initial reports on Wednesday claimed United had failed with their first €100m bid to sign Pogba, but the latest twist in the story suggests the transfer may now progress quickly.

Read more: Man United fail with world-record £100m Paul Pogba bid

United are now believed to be in discussion with Juventus over a deal to bring Pogba back to the club he left in 2012 on a free transfer, after a dispute between agent Mino Raiola and United manager Alex Ferguson.

While Raiola became an agent United would not deal with during the Ferguson era, he has now emerged as a key player in the Old Trafford club’s transfer strategy under new manager Jose Mourinho.

Raiola has already successfully negotiated deals to move Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to United this summer, with Pogba the final piece in the transfer jigsaw pieced together by Mourinho.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has postponed his planned trip with Mourinho and his squad on their pre-season tour of China, amid claims that he is striving to finalise the move for Pogba.

Read more: Man United chief Ed Woodward forgoes China tour to hammer out £100m Paul Pogba deal

If this deal goes through, it looks certain to shatter the previous world record transfer fee, which was set when Tottenham sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for £86m in the summer of 2013.

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