It’s been widely reported that Juventus’ Paul Pogba has agreed personal terms with Manchester United, but there is still some disagreement between the two clubs regarding the actual transfer fee.
Last week, Sky Italy reported that Jose Mourinho’s side had an £85m bid for Pogba rejected by the Italian champions. Then, on Sunday, the Guardian claimed that United had offered an improved second bid worth €110 million (£92m) including €10m in add-ons.
The Red Devils hoped that this offer would be enough to re-sign their former player, but the Old Lady have other ideas. The Guardian have provided an update on their original report and are claiming that the Italian champions now want an extra €10 million.
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Therefore, Juventus would be willing to accept a deal worth €120m plus €10m in add-ons. It’s unknown what executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward makes of this latest valuation but it’s unlikely the club will now back out of any deal.
It’s believed that Pogba and his agent, Mino Raiola, have already agreed terms on a five-year contract which will see the player earn around £11m-per-year plus incentives, and will also retain his sponsorship and image rights.
Where Raiola is concerned, he will receive 20% of the initial sum paid by United to Juve - which must be paid entirely by the Old Trafford club.
While Juventus may be set to lose their key man, they could well be making a massive signing themselves. According to reports, Gonzalo Higuain is on the verge of joining the Old Lady in a £79 million move from Serie A rivals Napoli. Many believe that the money spent on Higuain is in anticipation of the massive fee they are set to receive from United.
Meanwhile, Spanish website AS claim the deal for Pogba could be completed as early as Wednesday or Thursday. If United match Juventus’ request, don’t be surprised to see Pogba’s move soon being officially confirmed.
For those of you that may have forgotten, Pogba joined United’s youth team back in 2009 before impressing through the different age groups. He broke into the first-team in 2011 but Sir Alex Ferguson rarely used him.
The midfielder, who was obviously confident of his ability, wasn’t happy being a fringe player and decided he would leave United for Juventus at the end of his contract in 2012.
Of course, Pogba would become the world’s most expensive player if a deal does eventually go through. Just think, €120 million for a player they allowed to leave four years ago. Crazy.