The summer’s drawn-out transfer saga is edging closer to a resolution. Manchester United have agreed terms with French midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, are now preparing to formally lodge a bid worth up to £100m with Juventus.
The fee will make Pogba the most expensive footballer in history, shattering the previous record of £85m paid by Real Madrid for Gareth Bale three years ago.
It takes United’s spending over to more than £150m this summer with new boss Jose Mourinho desperate to remodel the squad he inherited from Louis Van Gaal. The club formally presented Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27, yesterday with the Armenian joining from Borussia Dortmund in a €30m deal.
Speaking to the media, Mourinho also made it clear that there would be departures from Old Trafford this summer as well.
Daley Blind, 26, is surplus to requirements with the United boss believing him too short to be effective as a centre back and well-stocked in the centre of midfield. A return to his native Netherlands has been mooted but Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, is also an admirer.
Mourinho though, is unlikely to sell to a rival club, particularly one which he holds in contempt and was furious when Petr Cech, 33, left Stamford Bridge for the Emirates during his ill-fated second spell in charge of Chelsea.
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