Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United appears imminent.
The Guardian claim that Juventus have rejected a £100 million bid for the 23-year-old but their resolve surely can’t last much longer. The report adds that Pogba will be happy if a move to Old Trafford materialises and, as the saying goes, every player has their price.
For Pogba, that price will be the most expensive fee in football history. Juventus certainly can’t complain about that.
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Ed Woodward met with Juve directors Giuseppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici and Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, on Tuesday to discuss the move. The only matter preventing the move at the moment is the few additional millions it will take for the Old Lady to say yes.
Though many think the price is extortionate, Pogba’s talent can’t be disputed. He’s easily one of the attractive prospects in Europe and represents a coup that United, who are without Champions League football next season, are so close to signing him.
It also proves that, despite three forgetful seasons, the Red Devils remain one of the most influential teams in England.
Why Madrid lost interest
Real Madrid were interested in signing the French international. That is the same Real Madrid that won the Champions League two months ago and boasts Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in its squad.
Although those who think United have ‘beaten’ Madrid in the race to sign Pogba might want to think again.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, Los Blancos decided not to further pursue Pogba due to purely “sporting issues”, claiming their interest was ended by Euro 2016.
The report adds that Pogba’s high price wasn’t a problem for Madrid, who currently possess the two most expensive players in history, but they simply didn’t want to sign the player.
Whether his indifferent performances at Euro 2016 were the cause of Madrid’s sudden disinterest isn’t made clear but the fact that he failed to truly shine wouldn’t have impressed the European champions.
Pogba only had to look at James Rodriguez to see that stepping up on the big stage can earn a mega move to an elite club.
The Colombian was a star at the 2014 World Cup, scoring six goals - one of which was named goal of the tournament - a month before signing for Madrid.
But Pogba was underwhelming at the recent European Championship as France suffered heartache in the final.
Madrid’s interest quickly turned to another player at the tournament - Portugal’s Andre Gomes. The Valencia man made five appearances in France and there are widespread reports that Madrid are closing in on the €50m midfielder.
No doubt the two players will be heavily compared for years to come. It’ll be interesting to see which club gets the better deal.