Manchester United closing in on Pogba deal

The Juventus midfielder is reportedly close to rejoining the Red Devils, in a deal that would smash the world record transfer fee

Manchester United closing in on Pogba deal
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The future of Paul Pogba looks set to become clearer in the next few days if reports are to be believed.

After a summer of speculation, ESPN FC report that the French midfielder could be rejoining Manchester United in a world-record deal. Sources claim officials of The Red Devils are in Italy to meet with Juventus, in an attempt to thrash out a deal for Pogba.

United Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward did not travel with the squad on their pre-season tour of China, fuelling speculation that Woodward stayed behind in Manchester to conduct affairs.

Italians rejected first bid

The Guardian reported previously that The Old Lady had rejected United's first approach for Pogba worth approximately £87 million with add-ons.

United boss Jose Mourinho was coy when asked about any deal, but the discussions over the coming days are expected to lead to an improved offer of around the £100m mark, usurping that of Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. 

Pogba's agent Mino Raiola stated on Thursday via social media that a deal was not yet done, but United are hopeful of concluding matters swiftly.

The Italian champions are reluctant to lose their talisman, but are resigned to his departure with Pogba having already agreed personal terms with United.

Pogba in a rare Premier League outing for United (photo:getty)
Pogba in a rare Premier League outing for United (photo:getty)

The deal is likely to see the 23 year-old earn £210,000 per week, after tax.

Pogba poised for United return

Paul Pogba's return to Old Trafford would be a significant U-turn for the player who on departing for Italy in 2012, was accused of 'disrespecting Manchester United' by Sir Alex Ferguson.

After joining United's youth academy from Le Havre in 2009, Pogba was promoted to the senior squad, but was given little opportunity to break into the starting XI, making just three appearances - one in the Premier League - which led to the Frenchman's decision to move to Serie A.