Manchester United’s pursuit of Paul Pogba has rumbled on for the entire summer and we’re still no closer as to knowing whether the Frenchman will make a sensational return to Old Trafford.
Today, it was reported by Sky Italia that United are set to make an official bid for the Juventus star with a figure of around £87 million being quoted. If £87 million is the final fee, Pogba would become the world’s most expensive player costing just £1 million more than Gareth Bale in 2013.
However, the proposed transfer has been already been heavily impacted by Brexit. The decision to leave the European Union on June 24 has seen the value of the pound drop dramatically compared to the Euro. Therefore, according to The Sun, that has increased Pogba’s fee by a massive £13 million.
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The report claims that the pound was priced at 1.308 compared to the Euro on the day before the vote, with the price now standing at 1.192. While it may not make too much of a difference when changing currency for your summer holiday when we’re talking about such a massive fee, it makes a very big difference.
It’s believed that the Old Lady want a massive €100 million for Pogba - as well as €24 million in add-ons, plus the player’s massive wage demands.
Pre-Brexit, the transfer fee would have been around £76,450,000 but it now stands at £83,540,000 - a difference of £7 million.
In addition, the add-ons mean United will have to fork out £1.7 million more while Pogba’s desired pay package has risen from £9.1 million to £10 million which equates to an extra £4.25 million over the expected five-year deal.
However, an increase of £13 million is highly unlikely to deter Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. The pair are clearly hell-bent on making a statement this summer with Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan already arriving at the club as they look to challenge for the Premier League title once again.
It seemed as though United faced stiff competition from Real Madrid for Pogba's signature at the start of the summer but it appears the European Champions have been priced out of a deal. Despite reportedly backing out for a deal, Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has spoken of his admiration for his countryman.
Zidane on Pogba
"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," he said.
"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."