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Pogba is close to completing a return to United.

Manchester United have agreed record-breaking fee to sign Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba's well-publicised transfer saga is finally beginning to unravel.

Manchester United and Real Madrid have long fought over the 23-year-old's signature but it would appear that a deal has finally been struck to sign the French superstar.

This is according to a top Juventus source who, according to The Sun, said on Wednesday night: "A deal with United is done."

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What fans will be most interested in, though, is the fee that United are willing to pay for a player they sold for £700,000 four years ago.

The Sun also report that Pogba's proposed move will cost Jose Mourinho and co. a record-breaking £112 million, eclipsing Gareth Bale's £85.3 million transfer to Real Madrid in 2013.

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What's interesting is that Juventus will not receive anywhere close to the above fee, with super agent Mino Raiola due to be paid £20 million of that sum.

Just to reiterate, the Dutchman will pocket over 20 times the amount that Juve paid for Pogba in 2012. Incredible.

And as if that wasn't good enough, the Old Lady will give Raiola an additional £4 million for his troubles.

Nevertheless, if The Sun's claims are to be taken seriously, Mourinho has finally secured his fourth and final summer signing after completing deals for Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic earlier in the window.

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Armed with Pogba, United will be a force to be reckoned with next season and favourites to win the Premier League ahead of rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.

The Red Devils' potential lineup next season is a salivating one to say the least. Assuming Mourinho will opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation, here's what it might look like:

David de Gea; Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Bailly, Luke Shaw; Pogba, Morgan Schneiderlin; Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney, Mkhitaryan; Ibrahimovic.

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It's difficult to predict where exactly Mourinho will deploy his £100 million-plus signing but given the wealth of attacking talent at his disposal, a box-to-box midfield role is most likely.

Pogba's seemingly imminent move to United will come as a blow to Zinedine Zidane, who is a big admirer of his young compatriot.

The ex-midfielder said recently: "Everyone is interested in Pogba. When you’re Madrid, you want the best. Until August 31 anything can happen."

Los Blancos have finally lost out in a transfer race to sign a potential 'Galactico' - who would have thought it.

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Wayne Rooney
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