Manchester United appear to be edging ever closer to re-signing Paul Pogba.
The Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward missed the club’s flight to China on Tuesday in order to wrap up negotiations and a deal could be announced by the end of the week.
This is according to the Mirror, who understand the transfer will “shatter” the world-record £85 million fee Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013.
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The report also states that Pogba’s return to Old Trafford, four years after he left the Premier League giants in search of regular first-team football, will spark a “domino effect of deals” elsewhere in Europe.
Juventus could receive as much as £100 million from United for their sought-after French international - and they plan to use a large chunk of that on securing two high-profile stars.
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Higuain and Matic to Juventus
The first is Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain.
The Argentine striker, who is also on Arsenal’s radar, is understood to have agreed terms with the Old Lady. However, convincing Napoli to sell to a domestic rival will prove easier said than done.
The midfielder Juve want to replace Pogba, meanwhile, is Chelsea star Nemanja Matic.
The Serbia international could find himself out of Antonio Conte’s starting line-up if he stays at Stamford Bridge following the £32 million arrival of N’Golo Kante from Leicester City.
Joao Mario to Chelsea
Chelsea, though, would prefer to keep Matic in their ranks and will also push hard to sign Sporting Lisbon winger Joao Mario.
The 23-year-old, who caught the eye while playing for Euro 2016 champions Portugal earlier this summer, is now valued at a cool £40 million.
And then back to United, who could agree to sell one of their own players following Pogba’s arrival.
Schneiderlin to Everton
Morgan Schneiderlin might find himself further down the Old Trafford pecking order once the world-record deal is completed - and the Frenchman’s situation is being closely monitored by Everton boss Ronald Koeman.
The Dutch coach worked alongside Schneiderlin for a season at previous employers Southampton and is reportedly keen to reunite with the midfielder at Goodison Park.
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