The summer’s transfer drama continues to drag on. Having seemingly been all but signed by Real Madrid, Paul Pogba, 23, is believed to be leaning toward a return to Manchester United. The fee, £100m, will shatter transfer records around the globe and no doubt lead some to question where the transfer madness will end.
Jose Mourinho has stolen a march on his former employers in the Spanish capital as Real president, Florentino Perez, wavering over spending that much money on one player. Perez previously oversaw the Galacticos transfer policy and is wary of being tarred by the same brush.
There is, however, a two-window transfer ban looming with both he and coach Zinedine Zidane, aware that the club need to ensure that a balanced squad is created at the end of this summer. It had been hoped that Alvaro Morata, 23, could be moved on for a quick profit to partially fund a deal for Pogba but the asking price of £65m has put off all potential suitors.
United meanwhile have no such financial concerns. The fallen Premier League giants have maintained their huge commercial revenues despite slumping on the pitch at home and abroad. Mourinho’s appointment to halt that slide, has seen dramatic changes in personnel with a massive increase in quality of the players joining the club.
It’s that determination to rise to the top of the English and European games which has impressed Pogba. The French midfielder had reservations about returning to the club he left under a cloud four years ago but is persuaded that Mourinho means business.
The final decision though, has yet to be taken. No clubs have officially lodged a bid with Juventus, preferring to reach agreement rather than the circus of rejected bids. Permission has been given to just United and Real Madrid after Pogba made it clear he wanted to join a club with history not the nouveau riche, effectively ruling PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City out of the running.
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