Paul Pogba £100m return to Manchester United has reportedly been agreed and is likely to be confirmed by the club this weekend with the Frenchman set to earn £290,000-a-week.
The 23-year-old will move to Old Trafford as part of a world-record deal – once agent, salary and administrative fees are included – making him the most expensive football player in history.
The Independent understands that United will pay £92m for the Juventus midfielder while the Serie A giants are expected to foot the tax bill in a move which will lower the expectation on Pogba.
It means the player who left Old Trafford for next to nothing in 2012 returns as the stellar signing of the summer – in a world record transfer which smashes the British mark by an incredible £40m.
The deal for the 23-year-old France midfielder is done after Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola held further talks with Juventus officials and lawyers in Turin on Thursday afternoon.
United and Juventus have agreed to pay a fee to Raiola with part of his 20 per cent bonus being accounted for in Pogba’s overall deal.
It is understood, however, that Juventus will announce the fee at £84.3m on account of the tax they are due to pay on the transfer. The current world record transfer fee is the £86m paid by Real Madrid to Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013.
Pogba had a medical in Los Angeles after his recent holiday in Florida before signing a five-year contract
Heading out are Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Andreas Pereira, Adnan Januzaj, Will Keane and James Wilson.
With Mourinho sticking to the fact that he wants 24 players making his squad, it appears that one player might join the list. After signing their star man, it leaves room for one more player to be out meaning that everyone would be on their toes to make it into the squad in this new regime.
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Tim Fosu-Mensah was thought to be a ninth on his way out but the defender is in talks about securing his long-term future at the club and now looks set to stay.
Mourinho told the rest that they could leave the club, either permanently or on loan, and further arrivals could mean further sales, too, as he looks to lock down his strict 24-man squad. Mourinho has 26 at his disposal right now, meaning more departures are likely.
The question now is who would be out?