Paul Pogba, 23, must wait a little longer before completing his record-breaking return to Old Trafford.
The two clubs are still locked in negotiations over a fee but with just €10m the difference are close to agreement on a €130m deal.
However, payments to Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola are a major sticking point. Manchester United have agreed to pay half of the €25m due to the Italian and expected Juventus to do the same. Last season’s Serie A champions have other ideas.
Juventus are not prepared to pay any of the moneys to Raiola, believing instead that either Pogba or United can meet the cost. The Italian giants are reported to be furious with the way the move has been engineered, believing that Raiola has been motivated more by personal gain than what is best for his client.
Pogba’s future has become the over-riding feature of manager Max Allegri’s press conferences during their Australian tour, to the extent that he is now refusing to answer questions on the subject.
The French international is currently holidaying in Florida but expected at pre-season training this week. United, on their way back from disastrous trip to China where they lost 1 – 4 to Borussia Dortmund and saw their match against Manchester City cancelled due to the state of the pitch in Beijing, are ready to hold a medical for Pogba on his return.
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