Monday 19 February 2018

Juventus and Manchester United agree world record €120m fee for Paul Pogba - reports

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United have agreed a €120m deal with Juventus for the transfer of Paul Pogba, according to French publication L’Equipe.

United’s move for Pogba was always likely to break the world transfer record and after an initial bid of around €100m was turned down earlier this week, the latest news suggests a deal has been thrashed out between all parties that will see the French midfielder return to Old Trafford four years after he left on a free transfer.

Juventus have been adamant all summer that they would not consider selling 23-year-old Pogba unless their prized asset asked for a transfer, yet that request appears to have taken place in the last 24 hours as negotiations between all parties heated up.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward opted to postpone his trip to China for the club’s pre-season tour as he looked to finalise the deal that is set to shatter the previous transfer record that was set when Real Madrid paid Tottenham £86m to sign Gareth Bale in the summer of 2013.

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If L’Equipe’s report is accurate, Pogba will now become the most expensive footballer of all-time, with United paying a hefty sum to recapture a player they allowed to leave for nothing just four years ago.

Pogba initially left United after a fall out between his manager Alex Ferguson and agent Mino Raiola, but the landscape has changed at the club in the years since, paving the way for this remarkable return.

The L’Equipe report suggests United will confirm the signing of Pogba in “a matter of days”, with Raiola believed to have staged talks with United officials on Wednesday to finalise the move.

Pogba is already believed to have agreed a £13m-a-year wage deal with United, yet there was always a question mark over the deal with Juventus so keen to hang on to the player.

That obstacle now appears to have been removed, with Pogba set to become a record breaking and a Man Utd player all at once in the coming days.

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