Higuain Move Confirms Advanced Pogba Talks
Gonzalo Higuain’s €94.7 million switch from Napoli to Juventus means that Manchester United are soon to confirm their capture of Paul Pogba.
Higuain is set to make the switch following the completion of his medical in Madrid. The Argentine attacker will become the second most expensive transfer in the world, behind Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.
Juventus do not have enough money to complete the move on their own, and they will therefore be looking to get the cash from the sale of Paul Pogba.
The French midfielder will reportedly cost Manchester United a record-breaking fee of €120 million – with Mino Raiola (Pogba’s agent) pocketing €20 million in agent fees.
Spanish news outlet AS report that Pogba will be signing a five-year contract with his former club. The deal will earn Pogba €13 million net. The source also reports that Manchester United will confirm the deal by next Wednesday or Thursday.
Zinedine Zidane is also believed to be interested in the France international, after Real Madrid failed in their pursuit of Andre Gomes. Zidane made a last minute call to Pogba, asking him for more time as Real Madrid push for the sale of James Rodriguez. But, the Galacticos won’t be able to match United’s offering price and wages.
Pogba’s price tag stirred up criticism from many of the United fans, who believe that the midfielder isn’t worth that price at the moment. Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, also had his say on all the speculation surrounding Paul Pogba.
“For that sort of money, you want someone who is going to score 50 goals a season like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Pogba is nowhere worth that kind of money yet,” Scholes explained.
But despite all the talks of Pogba’s price, Manchester United’s Executive – Ed Woodward – is set to land the French powerhouse for a world-record fee.
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