Jose Mourinho’s sensational start as Manchester United manager is set to continue with the club becoming favourite to land French midfield star, Paul Pogba, 23.
Four years after he left Old Trafford in frustration at the lack of first team opportunities, Pogba is set to return as the world’s first £100m player. Juventus have accepted that they will lose their pivotal midfielder but won’t let him leave without extracting the maximum profit from his new club.
For a long time it seemed that would be Real Madrid but during negotiations over Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27, United forged a closer relationship with Rino Maiola, the pairs’ agent. The Armenian completed his move to Old Trafford yesterday, leaving the club time to discuss Pogba’s future.
The sums involved in signing the French international are staggering. As well as the fee which Maiola claimed could reach £110m, the player wants a salary of £300,000 per week.
Pogba’s father ruled Paris St. Germain out of the race when he claimed his son would only move to “a better league” and that he wanted a club with history, not sudden new wealth.
It’s a startling turnaround from his departure from Manchester United when then-manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, accused the player of being disrespectful toward the club.
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