Jose Mourinho has persuaded Manchester United officials to completely change their stance on Paul Pogba, convincing Ed Woodward to make the Juventus star their top summer target.
According to the Manchester Evening News, 12 months ago Old Trafford officials were adamant that they would not waste their time pursuing their former starlet.
Pogba had ruffled more than a few feathers when he refused to sign a new contract in 2012, leaving Manchester United with just £800,000 in compensation when he joined the Serie A giants on a Bosman free.
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Even though Sir Alex Ferguson, who Pogba famously fell out with, has long since retired, Ed Woodward was still not willing to climb down from their stance that they were right to let him leave.
They stood by Ferguson's claim that the 23-year-old left because Manchester United refused to submit to his excessive wage demands, something the player has always denied.
It was to the point that they were ready to let their Premier League rivals – Chelsea and even Manchester City – sign him without so much as a challenge. Indeed, both of those clubs made concrete moves to sign him last summer only for Pogba to remain in Turin.
However, now Mourinho is ready to try and do what he could not at Stamford Bridge and has told Woodward to sanction a British record transfer to finally bring the talismanic Frenchman back to Manchester.
The Special One has only just become the new manager but already wields more power than either David Moyes or Louis van Gaal ever enjoyed during their ill-fated spells at the club.
Manchester United have agreed to Mourinho's demands and are now reportedly ready to pay as much as £78m to make the deal happen.
There is, of course, the problem of whether Pogba actually wants to return. He admits he loves the city of Manchester and still holds a special place for United.
However, there are rumours that he is angling for a move to Spain where Real Madrid are ready to match anything the Red Devils offer.
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