Italian newspaper La Stampa has claimed that Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United could be announced as soon as today.
According to the paper, the fee to be announced for the 23-year-old Frenchman is €110m, while his agent Mino Raiola is set to pocket a further €10 million from the deal.
The mammoth fee will make Pogba the most expensive player in the history of football, eclipsing the current record fee Real Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur to acquire Gareth Bale in 2013 – €100m. It will also see Juventus recover the €90 million they spent on signing striker Gonzalo Higuaín from Napoli, which made him the third most expensive player in the world.
Mino Raiola, who played a key role in Pogba leaving United in 2012, is set to earn €10m from the deal as part of a clause in the player’s contract.
Sir Alex Ferguson made known his dislike for Raiola in his book “Leading”, claiming that the two were like “oil and water”. He blamed Raiola’s influence as the cause for Pogba’s departure from Old Trafford. Sir Alex wrote: “From then on our goose was cooked because Raiola had been able to ingratiate himself with Paul and his family and the player signed with Juventus.”
Pogba sent United fans into a frenzy with a recent Instagram post, in which the Frenchman applied a black and white filter to his surroundings, but chose to highlight the color of his Red cap and boots.