Manchester United are in the final stages of their protracted pursuit of Paul Pogba, with the Juventus player expected to arrive in Manchester to undergo his medical on Monday, and seal his return to the team that he left four years ago.
That’s according to a post by David Amoyal on Gianluca Di Marzio’s website, which also provides some information on the final fees involved in the gigantic deal to bring Pogba back to Old Trafford.
“Here are the financial details of the deal: Pogba will cost United 105 million euros plus another 5 million euros in bonuses (to be paid in 3 years). The bonus money included in the deal can be reached if Pogba renews his contract with United within the next 5 years or if he is sold by United for a number superior to 50 million euros. These are the final numbers which do not include Raiola’s agent fees as he brokered a deal.”
The BBC’s Simon Stone has also confirmed the fees involved:
Initial Pogba transfer fee believed to be 105m Euros (£89m) which would be a world record.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) August 7, 2016
Whilst this isn’t quite as grandiose as the £100m price tag that has been bandied about all summer long, it’s still comfortably enough money to mean that Manchester United have grabbed the world record transfer from the hands of Real Madrid.
More importantly, Jose Mourinho finally has his man, which, given how long United have been pursuing him for, makes for an extremely satisfying ending to this convoluted saga.
The need for Pogba was shown quite sharply during United’s patchy 1-2 win over Leicester City on Sunday afternoon. A late Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal won the Charity Shield for his new club, but United found it difficult to create and the midfield duo of Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick struggled to impose themselves on the game.
Mourinho will be happy, then, to be on the cusp of gaining a player with Pogba’s ability. His strength, speed and power should make for a much less stoic and ponderous midfield, something that caused no end of problems during Louis van Gaal’s last season in charge.
Pogba himself has addressed the impending move on Twitter:
When too many people talk nobody understands ? talk very soon
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 7, 2016
The deal should be announced tomorrow afternoon, once the medical is completed and United have prepared the unveiling. Expect the club to go all out with their announcement, especially as they’ve already launched the hashtag #Pogback to coincide with the signing.
Pogba could also potentially be available for at least a spot on the substitutes bench for Sunday’s Premier League opener against Bournemouth, providing the club deem his fitness levels are up to snuff. Either way, after weeks of edging closer to a deal, we may be as little as 24 hours away from seeing Paul Pogba in a Manchester United shirt again.