Manchester United are said to have beaten off Real Madrid in the fight for Paul Pogba, with a meeting expected between the Red Devils and Juventus this week.
Pogba is Jose Mourinho’s number one target this summer and United are prepared to spend huge sums to tempt the France midfielder back to Old Trafford after he walked away from the club in 2012.
Guillem Balague writes in AS that United have agreed personal terms with Pogba’s agent that would see the 23-year-old receive an annual salary of 13.5million euros – currently around £11.5million.
It is also reported that a meeting has been scheduled for this week when United will formally present their offer to Juventus, with the Red Devils said to be willing to match the Serie A champions’ asking price of £102million.
Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has delivered Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to United already this summer and the club are understood to have been told that the agent will do his utmost to bring Pogba back too.
AS’s story says Raiola could receive £21million in commission if Pogba rejoins United, and the “insane” overall outlay is reported to have seen Real Madrid cool their interest in the midfielder.
Pogba is currently preparing with France for the Euro 2016 final against Portugal and all parties are understood to be keen to resolve the star’s future quickly after the tournament.
Sky Sports have since reported that Real Madrid have pulled out of the race for Pogba, according to “sources close to the deal”.
According to their story, Real will now turn their attention to Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes.