Paul Pogba looks set to become the most expensive footballer of all time this summer.
It was reported on Thursday, by the Daily Mail, that Manchester United are prepared to pay a staggering £106 million to bring the France international back to Old Trafford, four years after he left the Red Devils for £800,000 compensation.
It’s been repeated by various sources over recent weeks that Pogba’s preference was to join one of Spain’s big two: Barcelona or Real Madrid. However, it seems the Juventus midfielder may have had a change of heart, based on reports from respected French publication L’Equipe today, due to Jose Mourinho’s determination to bring him to Manchester.
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It’s understood that Pogba has informed some of his friends and teammates of his desire to return to United.
“Pogba has clearly expressed his desire to complete the circle by returning to Manchester United,” L’Equipe write, “four years after his departure.”
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Mourinho wants Pogba in time for Community Shield
The report adds that the deal could be announced within a matter of days, presumably after Sunday night’s Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal.
Mourinho is understood to be desperate to sign Pogba to bolster his midfield and wants the deal done before United’s Community Shield match against Premier League champions Leicester City on August 7.
The Portuguese tactician, whose coaching staff were announced by United on Thursday, has already completed deals for Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Red Devils require reinforcements in midfield and Pogba, arguably the world’s most sought-after (available) footballer, ticks all the boxes.
Pogba's signing could be a game-changer for United
United are currently the bookmakers’ second favourites behind local rivals Manchester City to win the 2016-17 Premier League title, but the acquisition of Pogba could be regarded as a potential game-changer heading into the new season.
The 6ft 3in midfielder, who has earned comparisons with Arsenal favourite Patrick Vieira in the past, has scored 34 goals in 178 appearances for Juventus.
Moreover, he has helped the Old Lady win four of their previous five Serie A titles - and helped the Italian club reach a Champions League final.
His signing would be a significant coup for Mourinho and United - and it seems fans don’t have much longer to wait before an official announcement is made.
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