Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be well aware that Paul Pogba is on the verge of a sensational return to Manchester United.
Reports suggest that United are close to finalising a transfer worth £92 million for the Frenchman, making him the most expensive player in history.
Of course, the deal will cost the club a lot more than just the transfer fee. Not only has Pogba agreed personal terms in excess of £200,000-per-week, it’s also believed that United have decided to buy Pogba’s commercial rights and will pay him an extra £4.2 million a season - taking his earnings to £290,000-per-week.
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But, perhaps the most staggering expenditure in the deal comes in the form of Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola. The Guardian are reporting that the Red Devils will have to pay the super agent an incredible £18.4 million to conclude the deal.
The report states that Juventus have demanded that United pay the entire fee to Raiola for conducting the deal, which is believed to be around 20%. The Old Lady are aware how keen Jose Mourinho’s side are to complete the deal and demanded that they must pay the entire fee if they want their star man.
The Italian champions originally wanted £100 million for the midfielder but have now accepted a £92 million bid on the condition that United pay Raiola’s fee.
As Mourinho and the United players jetted off to China, the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward stayed behind to conduct the deal with Pogba’s representatives. Woodward met with Juventus directors Giuseppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici, as well as Raiola, on Tuesday where they came to some sort of agreement regarding the record-breaking deal.
Fee agreed, personal terms agreed and Raiola’s fee sorted - it now just seems a matter of time before Pogba joins Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Old Trafford as Mourinho attempts to return the club back to the summit of English football.