Manchester United have been told that they must break the British transfer record if they want to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford.
The Italian champions are demanding a fee of 100 million Euros (£78.1m) for their star midfielder’s services.
Jose Mourinho has wasted no time overhauling his squad, after signing Eric Bailly from Villarreal yesterday, and now has midfielders on his wanted list.
Pogba understandably tops Jose’s wishes, only four years after the 23-year-old was allowed to leave United on a free transfer, before the club were awarded £800,000 in compensation.
Juventus would now command a fee almost 100 times as much for their star Frenchman, who left United after growing frustrated at his lack of opportunities under Sir Alex Ferguson – namely seeing Rafael played in the middle of the park ahead of him.
Despite the price tag, United are willing to pay for Pogba, as Mourinho wants to build a team around the Frenchman and also tried to sign him for Chelsea last summer, only to baulk at the £71m price.
When that deal fell through, Juve’s chief executive Giuseppe Marotta warned that Pogba’s price would only increase and that ‘in the future, he could be worth more than 100 million Euros’.
And he was right, as that’s how much it will take for United to persuade Pogba to come back to England, despite the player having spoken favourably about a move to Spain in the past.
Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have been long standing admirers of the player, but in Real’s case, they’d have to sell a big name (Gareth Bale, anyone?), to fund a move for Pogba, while another potential suitor, Manchester City, have already strengthened their midfield by signing Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund.
Looks like the move back to Old Trafford is edging closer, but Ed Woodward’s cheque book is going to take a hit.