Manchester United, has reached a personal agreement with Paul Pogba to bring him to oldtrafford this summer.The central midfielder has agreed terms on a prospective five-year contract worth £220,000 a week after tax.
Juventus now represent the only barrier to sealing Mourinho’s top target after turning down the opening offer which, with additional clauses, would exceed £100m.
The Serie A champions are desperate not to lose their talisman, although have made a number of prominent signings themselves this summer to cushion the potential blow.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has convinced both the 23-year-old and his agent, Mino Raiola, that the excitement surrounding Jose Mourinho’s new dawn at Old Trafford is worth forgoing a season of Champions League football.
Woodward was not on Tuesday afternoon’s flight to China for this summer’s pre-season tour, with his priority firmly on negotiating the most high-profile transfer in their history.
Mourinho has been confident of landing Pogba all summer, with Sportsmail revealing earlier this month that the Portuguese told friends to expect the Frenchman’s arrival.United’s opening offer was reportedly £86m, and with add-ons for appearances, goals and trophies, the eventual fee will far exceed the £85m Tottenham received from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale in 2013.