It’s hotting up with Paul Pogba to Manchester United now and it looks as if things will come to a head over the next few days – one way or another.
When British news media outlet, The Guardian, gets involved you know that things are moving along. And they have reported this afternoon that Manchester United will make an official bid in the region all £100m for Pogba over the next day.
Manchester United to make £100m bid to buy Paul Pogba from Juventus
The report suggests that Juventus don’t want to lose Pogba and that they will reject the initial bid which is said to be for £87m up front and £13m in performance related bonuses.
In order to even consider a deal Juve want £100m up front for the 23-year-old dynamo. If they receive that offer then they will go to the player to see how he feels about the move.
To that end The Daily Mail writes that Pogba is ‘open’ to joining Manchester United this summer.
Paul Pogba, the potential £100million man, is open to a Manchester United return
And Sky Sports says on this deal:
We also understand Pogba has already agreed personal terms with United, believed to worth €13m (£10.9m) per season.
So while there is clearly a long way to go before a deal can be done, it looks as if the obstacles to a transfer are being removed.
That also means that Real Madrid may have cooled their interest in the player. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was coy when asked earlier about Pogba but some are taking his quotes as a suggestion that Real Madrid are now out of the race for his signature. He said:
“I’m very happy with the squad I have available. It’s difficult to improve,” Zidane said. “Do I like Pogba? Of course, he’s a very good player and every club wants the best players, but right now he’s at Juve and we have a large squad already.
We will follow this one closely and bring you news as we get it. We would state at this point that a deal to take Pogba back to Manchester United looks more likely now than at any time this summer.