Terms agreed on Paul Pogba deal as Man United relent on key issue

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After what seems like an eternity, today could finally be the day that Paul Pogba joins Manchester United from Juventus.

That's according to Daily Record reporter Duncan Castle who claims that, after months of negotiations, the details surrounding what will be a world record fee have finally been finalised between the two sides.

And it looks like Manchester United have been the ones to back down in order to get what is reported to be a £108.9 million deal over the line - relenting on one key issue to secure the signing.


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Per Castle, citing sources in both Manchester and Turin, the details of the transfer will comprise of £83.8 million going directly to Juventus.

The sticking point, however, had been just who would pay the mammoth fee owed to Pogba's agent Mino Raiola. United, though, now appear to have agreed to pay the full 30 percent sell-on clause - worth £25.1 million - that Juve had been demanding.

According to ESPN, the reason the transfer has dragged on so long is largely because the Old Trafford club had been trying to get Juve to pay a percentage of Raiola's fee.

With just four days to go until Jose Mourinho takes charge of his first competitive match as Manchester United manager, in Sunday's Community Shield against Leicester City, it looks like the Red Devils are ready to do what it takes to get Pogba to Manchester.

Now that the terms are reportedly agreed on the world record transfer, there is even the possibility that the club could make an official announcement heralding Pogba's arrival before Sunday's game takes place.

However, considering the number of delays the deal has suffered in recent weeks, that is far from certain.

Nevertheless, Mourinho certainly appeared confident that a new signing was imminent when speaking before Wayne Rooney's testimonial on Wednesday night.

Although he refused to discuss Pogba specifically, he said.

"We are going to sign one more player, that’s for sure.

“I don’t want to speak about Paul because he’s a Juventus player and I don’t like other managers speaking about my players. I don’t speak about their players but the reality is we are going to sign one more player.

“The market closes as you know on Aug 31 so we have plenty of time to do that but obviously I would like to do it before the Premier League starts.”

Worth it?

The fee might me astronomical - especially considering over a quarter of it is going into the pocket of Pogba's agent - but United will feel the Frenchman's arrival is the final piece in the jigsaw as they look to improve on recent seasons.

If the 23-year-old can help launch the club's first title challenge since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure the fact United have paid over £100 million for a player they let go four years ago for virtually nothing will quickly be forgotten.

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