Manchester United have reportedly failed with a world-record offer to Juventus for Paul Pogba.
The France midfielder left Old Trafford four years ago after failing to make a sustained first-team breakthrough.
He is now among the world’s most valuable players, and the Guardian says United offered a transfer package worth £100million to the Serie A champions.
It was reported on Tuesday that United had launched a ‘final attack’ in their bid to sign the Frenchman, and the Guardian have confirmed that the club have made an offer.
According to the newspaper, Juventus turned down the offer and are seeking a basic fee of £100million plus £8million in add-ons. Fabrizio Romano and Marcus Christenson add:
‘It was not all bad news for Manchester United, however, as Raiola told the Juventus officials that he now wants to bring Pogba to the Premier League. Raiola has already overseen the transfers of two of his players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, to United this summer.
‘Furthermore Raiola has already agreed a fee with United for bringing back the 23-year-old to the club he left in 2012 and the player is ready to accept United’s contract offer of £250,000 a week for five years. Pogba himself is understood to be relaxed about his position as he would accept a move to United but would also be happy to stay at his current club.’
United are in China for a short pre-season trip but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has stayed behind to lead the Pogba negotiations, according to several national newspapers, such as the Daily Mail.
When asked by Goal.com of rumours claiming that he had flown to Manchester to negotiate the sale of Pogba, his agent, Mino Raiola, said: “All of what you read is bullshit. That’s all there is.”
Pogba, 23, has won four successive Italian league titles with Juventus.
Should he join United, he would become a third high-profile recruit by new manager Jose Mourinho, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.