Paul Pogba's move to Manchester United is happening.
What started off as little more than whispers at the start of the summer has escalated into the biggest transfer story of the current window and one of the most expensive deals in history.
And today represents a crucial milestone in the potential deal as Manchester United are expected to begin talks with Pogba's current club Juventus, according to the Daily Mail.
Despite huge fees of over £100 million being thrown around across the tabloids for the likely cost of the French international, United officials are expected to open the bidding at the slightly more modest value of £86 million.
Juventus have been adamant their star is not for sale but now the rumours have actually manufactured themselves into a mouth-watering offer, the Old Lady's resolve will be put to the ultimate test.
With the possibility of add-ons also being included in the deal, Juventus could easily purchase three or four top players to fill the void left by Pogba.
Although the Red Devils' main competition for Pogba's signature, Real Madrid reportedly backed away from acting on their initial interest Zidane confirmed he was a big fan of the 23-year-old earlier this week.
He said: "I like Pogba. At the moment, he's a Juventus player. I'm happy with the squad I have and it's difficult to improve it.
"But after saying that, I like Pogba - yes. He is a good player. He is not the only one, because there's many good players, and every club wants to have good players. But he is playing for Juventus."
But with Madrid rumoured to be closing in on a deal to sign Valencia's Andre Gomes for €50 million it is unlikely they would bring in two central midfielders to add to Zidane's selection headache for the upcoming season.
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