Manchester United have launched a British record bid worth £60milllion for Juventus star Paul Pogba, according to The Sun.
Jose Mourinho is believed to have given his blessing for the bid earlier this week as he looks to rebuild the Red Devils squad ahead of next season. Pogba is seen as the keystone in his plan.
The Special One is believed to have told executive Ed Woodward that the squad is in need of a 'captain' in midfield; someone capable of inspiring those around him.
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Pogba may only be 23-years-old but he is already considered one of the best powerhouse midfielders in the world as well as one of the most recognisable figures in the game. Mourinho is a huge fan of the France international and considers his ferocity and intelligence as the perfect fix for the current squad.
It is yet to be seen whether Pogba would fancy a return to Old Trafford after he infamously walked away after a fallout with Sir Alex Ferguson. He has since admitted he still loves Manchester as a city and was seen visiting the hotspot restaurant 'Wings' during a fleeting visit last year.
Juventus have yet to respond to the bid from Manchester United, which is made up of a bulk fee of £48m and a further £12m in add-ons and performance-related bonuses. The bid would make Pogba the most expensive player in British history, slightly edging the £59.7m that United paid for Angel di Maria in 2014.
Although the Italian champions are confident they can get even more for Pogba, especially if he performs well at Euro 2016 with Les Bleus, they are resigned to losing him this summer. The midfielder believes he has achieved all he can at the Old Lady, garnering four Serie A titles and two Coppa Italias.
Although there is no Champions League football at Manchester United next season, Pogba is believed to be tempted by the prospect of joining the Mourinho revolution. The arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic would only help to convince him further.
However, Pogba is likely to have more than one offer on the table this summer with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City all capable of coaxing him to their respective stadiums.
Real Madrid are ready to spend big this summer ahead of a proposed two-window transfer embargo and Zinedine Zidane recently admitted he would love Pogba in his side.
Manchester City have their own exciting project under Pep Guardiola, but the recent signing of Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan suggests the former Bayern Munich manager is going in a different direction.
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