Manchester United close in on Pogba
Manchester United look to have moved a step closer in bringing Paul Pogba back to the club, with reports suggesting they have entered negotiations with Juventus in a deal that could be worth a World record £100 million.
The 23-year-old was previously with United up until 2012 before moving to Turin-based Juventus and during his spell with the Italian giants, he has established himself as one of the best midfielders in World football. Jose Mourinho has spoken of his desire to bring in four signings this summer and with Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan already confirmed, it is believed that Pogba is his desired fourth.
The bookies certainly believe this is a move that may well be on the cards with BetVictor slashing the odds of the transfer to just 1/8. Skybet are currently offering the slightly more attractive proposition of 1/2 but with the move odds-on with both, it seems that this story is more substantial than your usual transfer rumour.
Real Madrid are the other club reportedly in the running for the Frenchman's signature with manager Zinedine Zidane keen on bringing his fellow countryman to the Santiago Bernabeu. Pogba according to some reports would even prefer the move to the Spanish capital but it is thought that Real would be unable to match the financial outlay that United are willing to offer Juventus. Unless Real Madrid are able to sell a star for a big fee this summer, it is thought that Jose Mourinho will be in the driving seat for the player's signature. A move to the Spanish capital however is not though to be completely out of the question with Skybet offering it at 5/2 and BetVictor at 4/1.
The fee involved would make Pogba the most expensive player in World football considering it would almost certainly eclipse the £85.1 million that Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013. United's cause may well be helped by the fact that Paul Pogba is represented by Mino Raiola. The Dutch-born agent fell out with Sir Alex Ferguson over Pogba's departure from Old Trafford back in 2013 but given the fact Raiola also represents both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, he could prove instrumental in bringing a third client of his to the red-side of Manchester this summer.
Despite the eye-watering sum of money on offer, there is always the chance that Pogba will remain with Juventus this summer. The Italian champions have previously stated their intentions to hold on to their star asset and Skybet are offering odds of 4/1 on the young star to stay put come the end of the transfer window.