Crazy demands holding up Man Utd's deal for Paul Pogba
Manchester United are locked in talks with agent Mino Raiola over the fine details of Paul Pogba's proposed €120m move - with Old Trafford chiefs convinced the transfer will be confirmed in the coming days.
This weekend's Sunday World back page reveals the vast sums being discussed by all parties in the Pogba deal, with the world record transfer fee that Juventus are willing to accept just part of the negotiations that have been ongoing for several weeks.
Agent Mino Raiola is haggling over his slice of a huge side deal that also includes Pogba's image rights, that have been the subject of legal conjecture over the last 12 months as he battled to win them back from a Luxembourg-based company.
United are keen to tap into Pogba's vast social media reach on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and are keen to use him as one of their brand leaders moving forward, helping to promote some of their army of sponsors.
Meanwhile, Raiola is negotiating the biggest agent fee of all-time for a single transfer, with Sunday World insiders suggesting a combined €30m deal on image rights need to be finalised before the deal can be announced.
United believe they are close to coming to an agreement with Juventus, Pogba and Raiola and at this point, they are confident of fending off late interest from real Madrid to complete the signing of the summer.
This weekend's Sunday World also features a powerful piece by Roy Curtis as he expresses doubts over Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ability to make his mark at United, while Kevin Palmer looks at the imminent rise of Everton under the guidance of new boss Ronald Koeman.
John Aldridge picks his Liverpool dream team for the new season and suggests boss Jurgen Klopp does not need to spend too much more in the transfer market, while John Brennan asks whether Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will finally make the signings he needs to turn his Gunners into champions.
Our unrivalled GAA coverage features columns from Eoin Kelly, Liam Fennelly and Pat Spillane, with Sean McGoldrick's expert analysis completing a bumper week of Sunday World sport.
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