It says something about a club that the day they sign a player for £30million, they also declare their willingness to break the British transfer record in an even bigger deal. But no club in the world is like Manchester United, who, according to The Mirror, have done exactly that.
The Red Devils announced the arrival of Eric Bailly, a little known Villarreal defender who has 20 or so caps for the Ivory Coast, on Wednesday. For those who have seen the 22-year-old play, he could be one of the best and Jose Mourinho paid £30m to make him his first signing at Old Trafford.
His next one, however, could be worth more than double that deal, £78m in fact. That would be enough to break the British transfer record and would make the player in question the third most expensive player of all time behind only Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m) and Gareth Bale (£86m).
That player is Paul Pogba.
It appears the Juventus midfielder is now the focus of interest for Mourinho, who has been told by Manchester United officials that they will do what they can to bring him back to Old Trafford. Of course, Pogba left United in acrimonious circumstances in 2012, earning United a miserly £800,000 in development fees.
He has since gone onto become one of the best players in the game, winning four Serie A titles in Turin and earning himself a place in the FifPro World XI for 2015. At just 23-years-old, there is no telling how far Pogba can go.
Mourinho is a huge fan of the France international and tried to bring him to Chelsea last summer. The deal would have made the world of difference at Stamford Bridge and may have saved the Special One from the sack, but Roman Abramovich was unwilling to meet the €100m asking price.
Similarly, Manchester City wanted him at the same time but were unwilling to do business at that price. They instead went for Kevin De Bruyne, who eventually cost them a not too dissimilar £55m.
With Pep Guardiola not believed to be pursuing Pogba, Manchester United feel they are the frontrunners for his signature, at least as far as the Premier League goes.
La Liga calling
However, Real Madrid are a constant threat in the market and are believed to hold a long-term interest in the player. Barcelona are also there but their ongoing financial problems will prevent them from making such a huge signing.
Pogba is believed to be tempted by a move to Spain simply because he wants to sample another culture. He loves Manchester but is a man who wants to explore the world while also dominating it.
Manchester United, however, seem ready to offer him whatever he wants to bring him back.
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