Paul Pogba’s protracted move to Manchester United ‘can be’ completed on Friday, according to reports.
The 23-year-old, who posted a cryptic picture in red, black and white of himself filling up his car with fuel and then made reference to ’66’ three times, has reportedly arrived in Los Angeles to have his medical.
Italian paper La Stampa claims that the deal has accelerated due to his agent, Mino Raiola, agreeing to lower his agent fee demands. It was initially suggested that Raiola wanted a £20million cut from the proposed transfer, and that’s why he prevented a medical taking place earlier in the week.
However, suggestions are now that he will now settle for a £10million payout and will accept the rest of his money via other, yet to be determined means.
La Stampa believe it can be announced today, don't say it absolutely will. Can't blame them, Adidas likely picking ultimate hype time.
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) July 29, 2016
The report is far from definitive, but when so many parties, including Adidas, are involved the optimum announcement time will have been discussed at length and probably worked out using social media algorithms.
Earlier, L’Equipe journalist Nabil Djellit claimed a deal should be completed by the weekend with all the money issues involving Raiola resolved.
The French outlet report that Raiola will now receive £24million from this deal, with United paying him £20million and Juventus paying the remaining £4million, that after United chief executive Ed Wooward had backed down to get the deal over the line. If this goes through, Manchester United will be short odds with BetBright to win the title.
According to the Sun, United will pay £112million for Pogba with £92million to Juventus, and £20million to Raiola. ESPN FC suggest United have agreed to pay Juventus’ €120million (£101.3m) Paul Pogba and are now hoping to come to an agreement over the final fees in order to clinch the deal by this weekend.
“It could even be done by Friday, ” say ESPN FC.