Manchester United made an official £85m for Paul Pogba on Tuesday. Juventus will reject the bid.
This will just be the first in a series of bids Manchester United will make in an attempt to sign the player, and it’s just a matter of how large will the transfer fee be, but it’s inevitable Pogba will really land on Old Trafford in this transfer window.
Paul Pogba has reportedly already agreed personal terms with the Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, and the French international will be making £280,000 a week. That will make him the highest-paid Red Devil, as Wayne Rooney is making £250,000 a week, and Bastian Schweinsteiger and David De Gea are making £200,000 each.
United officials are expected to meet their Juventus counterparts as well as Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola this week in an effort to close this deal. The negotiations won’t be facilitated by the fact that Raiola – one of the most difficult negotiators in football – will get a whopping 25% cut from the transfer fee. Raiola is also the agent of United recent signings Zlatan Ibrahimnović and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and has undoubtedly left the best player for last and will inflate the transfer fee as much as humanly possible.
The record transfer in football is £86m for Gareth Bale which Real Madrid paid to Tottenham three years ago.
Paul Pogba left United in 2012 on a free transfer when Sir Alex Ferguson refused to meet his wage demands. And now United will pay around £105m for that mistake. Pogba made a total of seven substitute appearances for United.