Paul Pogba makes the move that could open the door to Man Utd move
Paul Pogba is believed to have made the move that will pave the way for his record breaking move to Manchester United, after reportedly telling Juventus he wants to leave this summer.
Pogba's eagerness to return to the club he left on a free transfer back in 2012 has been unclear in recent weeks, but the latest reports suggest he is ready for a second spell at Old Trafford.
Juventus have been adamant that they would not consider a deal to sell Pogba unless the Frenchman asked to leave the Turin club, with Gazzetta dello Sport now reporting that request has been made by the 23-year-old midfielder.
Initial reports on Wednesday claimed United had failed with their first €100m bid to sign Pogba, but the latest twist in the story suggests the transfer may now progress quickly.
United are now believed to be in discussion with Juventus over a deal to bring Pogba back to the club he left back in 2012 on a free transfer, after a dispute between agent Mino Raiola and United manager Alex Ferguson.
While Raiola became an agent United would not deal with during the Ferguson era, he has now emerged as a key player in the Old Trafford club’s transfer strategy under new manager Jose Mourinho.
Raiola has already successfully negotiated deals to move Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to United this summer, with Pogba the final piece in the transfer jigsaw pieced together by Mourinho.
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has postponed his planned trip with Mourinho and his squad on their pre-season tour of China, amid claims that he is striving to finalise the move for Pogba.
If this deal goes through, it looks certain to shatter the previous world record transfer fee, which was set when Tottenham sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for £86m in the summer of 2013.