Manchester United are close to completing the world record signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus, with the fee due to the player’s agent Mino Raiola the only remaining stumbling block, according to reports.
Multiple outlets have reported that, after United’s opening offer was rejected on Tuesday, the two clubs met again yesterday and reached an agreement over a fee, with a sum of between €110 million and €120 million being decided upon.
However, the final stumbling block that the two club’s must surmount is how the fee due to Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is to be paid.
The Guardian claims that Raiola is due £18.4 million thanks to a stipulation in the player’s contract that entitles him to 20% of any transfer fee, and that Juventus are demanding that United foot the entire bill.
The report suggests that the Red Devils have offered to cover half of the charge, but the Italian champions don’t want any of Raiola’s cut to come out of the fee they receive.
The feeling is that a compromise will be reached and this issue will be resolved in the coming days.
Pogba, who has won four successive Serie A titles since leaving United as a teenager in 2012, could become a Manchester United player again as soon as the weekend, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said to be keen to have the deal sewn up in time for the launch of the club’s new home kit on 23 July.
Some reports have suggested that the 23-year-old French midfielder will earn as much as £210,000 per week, after tax, having already agreed personal terms on a return to Old Trafford.
Pogba would become José Mourinho’s fourth signing as United manager, following the capture of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.