Manchester United fans waiting impatiently for the arrival of Paul Pogba to be announced might not be waiting for much longer.
Juventus have rejected an opening bid of £86 million for the Frenchman but United will keep knocking until the Serie A champions eventually give in.
The deal, which will make Pogba the most expensive player in history, could be completed by the end of the week.
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United are simply waiting for Juventus to say yes because, according to the Daily Mail, personal terms have already been agreed.
After deliberating long and hard during the European Championship, the 23-year-old has made up his mind; he wants to return to the club who acrimoniously allowed him to leave four years ago.
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Forgetting about Sir Alex Ferguson’s reluctance to promote him to the first team, Pogba has been convinced by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to play a pivotal role in Jose Mourinho’s plans to return United to the top.
And the figures involved make missing Champions League football for a season worth it.
The Mail’s report adds that he has agreed on a prospective five-year contract with £220,000-per-week after tax.
That means Pogba will make a remarkable £57.2m over the course of the five years. And United will spend £157.2m in the event the deal reached £100m.
Whether those eye-watering fees are worth it will become clear in three or four years time. But for now, Pogba’s impending arrival has left United fans rather giddy.
Ferdinand: United messed up
The sight of Pogba helping Juventus to four straight Serie A titles and an appearance in a Champions League final has hurt United supporters, who were forced to watch the midfielder walk out of Old Trafford for nothing.
And Rio Ferdinand, who a United player at the time of Pogba’s departure, reckons his old team acted hastily.
“His star quality was undoubted,” Ferdinand told the BBC, per the Daily Mail. “There was not one person in that changing room who wasn't sure. Everyone in that changing room knew that him leaving was a huge, huge error.
“This is potentially the £100m kid at 23 years old, he's got huge potential. The thing that stood out for me when I first met him other than he ability was his personality.
“This kid wants to be the best, he started [Euro 2016] very anxious, like a kid who had something to prove after he'd been hyped up and was worthy of that hype but he's grown into this tournament [for France].
“We've seen what tools he's got in the bag, from his range of passing, playing through the lines into the centre forward, he looks more composed and has more time in that position.
“There's a lot of pressure on his shoulders and he's got a fantastic future.”
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