New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has already landed three of his top four transfer targets as preparations for the new Premier League campaign are fully underway, but the Portuguese is inching ever closer to landing his biggest prize: Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
Mourinho’s comments last week made it sound like he was quite confident Old Trafford officials could pull off what would be the most expensive deal in the club and sports’ history.
Now, Pogba, who’s vacationing in the United States after helping France reach the Euro 2016 final, is reportedly meeting with his agent in Miami, Florida to discuss a potential 110 million euros to 120 million euros deal (roughly more than $140 million) to join the Red Devils this summer, according to EuroSport.
Though the Old Lady have reportedly labeled the 23-year-old “unsellable” unless he formally asks for a transfer, the latest report stresses that Pogba could fully flesh out his plans for the future and tell agent Mino Raiola he wants to join United.
But Pogba’s wishes aren’t the only hurdle, big or small, facing United’s overture for a clever and creative winger capable rejuvenating an attack that netted a mere 49 goals in Premier League play last term. Juve is reportedly asking for United to cover Raiola’s 20 percent commission, which would push the grand total to about 140 million euros.
Mourinho, who like United fans is reveling in the idea of Pogba sailing a cross from the wing to ever-dangerous head of towering former Paris Saint-Germain and new United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has already addressed the attack by adding the Swedish talisman as well as Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan and has barely dented United’s vast coffers.
Since Ibrahimovic was out of contract at PSG, his transfer cost nothing, and while Dortmund’s fee for Mkhitaryan is unknown, Villarreal managed to only pry about 30 million euros out of the Red Devils for 22-year-old defender Eric Bailly.
And new reports suggest Mourinho is so confident in his pursuit of Pogba, that he’s already making room for him on the roster. According to Daily Mail, United have made winger Adnan Januzaj available for loan and Sunderland’s new manager and former Old Trafford boss David Moyes is interested in the 21-year-old Belgian.
Clearly intent on raiding his former club, Moyes has also targeted 23-year-old striker Will Keane for a 7.8 million euros ($7 million) bid, according to The Sun. The report stresses that Keane was upset with now former United manager Louis van Gaal, who brought him back from loan with Preston last season but rarely played him despite the promise of more pitch time.