Reports of Paul Pogba’s proposed move to Manchester United has really gathered pace in recent days.
At first, the deal seemed unlikely with United’s only involvement in European competitions coming in the form of the Europa League. However, after the transfer window has officially opened and the reports increasing by the day, there is suddenly belief that Pogba could sensationally return to Old Trafford.
And now, the Daily Mail claim that Jose Mourinho is confident of persuading the Frenchman to return to Manchester this summer after he left four years ago at the end of his contract.
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The club received just £800,000 in compensation when Pogba left for Juventus, but it’s believed that the Red Devils are now willing to fork out an incredible £80 million for the 23-year-old. Whatever the final fee actually is, it’s bound to shatter their previous club record of £59.7 million which they splashed on Angel di Maria.
The report states that Mourinho has told his friends something about the potential deal with Pogba. They claim the Special One has told them to expect an £80 million signing at Old Trafford this summer. While it doesn’t mention Pogba’s name, the report understands that he was referring to Pogba.
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United back to the big time?
Mourinho is tasked with returning United back to the top of English football after three underwhelming campaigns since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. To do so, the former Chelsea boss obviously feels he needs to add to the squad that finished fifth in the Premier League last season.
Eric Bailly has arrived for £30 million with Zlatan Ibrahimovic also joining on a free transfer. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to arrive imminently and Pogba could be the club’s fourth high-profile signing of the summer.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodman appears keen to make a few statements in the coming months and realises how important it is to get the club back into the Champions League.
Adding Pogba to their ranks would surely see them become title challengers next term. Real Madrid were also reportedly interested but it’s believed that Los Blancos were only willing to offer £60 million while they are put off by Pogba’s wage demands, which are believed to be in the region of £250,000-per-week.
Mourinho will face the media for the first time as United manager on Tuesday, with today being his first official day in charge of the Red Devils. However, it’s highly unlikely that he will give anything away in terms of transfers - especially where Pogba is concerned.