Manchester United are expected to complete a deal to sign Paul Pogba ‘within the next 48 hours’.
The Old Trafford club have pursued midfielder Pogba throughout the summer, Jose Mourinho having identified him as the final piece of his squad this season.
United had an initial world-record offer rejected for the 23-year-old earlier this month, but have now made a ‘significant breakthrough’ in the deal, according to The Guardian.
‘United have lodged a fresh offer of around €110m with €10m in add-ons (equivalent to £100m in total) and Juventus are also insisting on a future payment of around €5m if Pogba extends his contract with José Mourinho’s side,’ write Fabrizio Romano and Mark Dobson.
‘With the deal now in place, United are in advanced talks with Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola about his €20m fee which Juventus have insisted United must pay in full before the transfer is completed.’
Raiola’s fees had previously provided a stumbling block for the deal, with Juventus reportedly refusing to pay any portion of them.
The deal was also left ‘paralysed‘ at one stage due to Pogba’s supposed reluctance to return, as the French international favoured a move to Real Madrid.
But it appears United now have their man. ‘United are so confident about the deal that Pogba is now waiting on the green light for a medical,’ The Guardian’s article states.
It’s happening, and it’s ridiculous. But that’s football in 2016, folks.