Paul Pogba is still keen to make a sensational return to Manchester United, despite the Red Devils’ latest bid being rejected by Juventus, the Guardian have revealed.
The Old Trafford club recently suffered two major blows in their pursuit to secure Pogba’s services, after trusted Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio revealed that the Bianconeri had rejected United’s offer worth €120 million.
The bid consisted of an original fee of €110 million, with the remaining €10 million coming from bonuses. However, since it failed to match the valuation the Italian Champions have set on their star midfielder, it was downright rejected.
Di Marzio stated that the Pogba to Manchester United transfer will only take place if United cough up and pay the demanded price, and meet Juventus’ conditions, with absolutely no discounts whatsoever.
The report also consisted of another blow to the English giants’ hopes to sign Pogba, as it stated that the money Juventus will be using to secure the services of Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli will not be coming from the funds they gain by the sale of Paul Pogba. Instead, they will be selling three of their squad players – Mario Lemina, Simone Zaza, and Roberto Pereyra, and also use the €30m from the Morata transfer, to get the Higuain deal done.
But despite having suffered these setbacks, Manchester United can still remain largely optimistic in their chase for Pogba’s signature.
According to the Guardian, the 23-year-old is looking forward to making a return to his former club, despite the absence of Champions League football at Old Trafford next season.
The France international’s agent, Mino Raiola, has reportedly discussed and reached an agreement regarding personal terms with United, and the midfield powerhouse is set to sign a five‑year contract with the Red Devils.
The deal will also see Pogba earn a basic salary of up to £11m-per-season plus incentives at the Theatre of Dreams, with the Frenchman retaining his sponsorship and image rights.