Manchester United are growing ever more confident about the signing of Paul Pogba, according to reports in Italy.
The Gazzetta dello Sport lead their Tuesday edition with an update on the Juventus midfielder, claiming that ‘the negotiation is now taking shape’ with his former club United, who he recently described as his “first family“.
They add that talks have reached the ‘decisive phase’, with agent Mino Raiola having flown to Manchester to meet delegates of the club.
Tuttosport add to the speculation, reporting that United ‘care for’ the 23-year-old, which is sweet.
If he wants to return to the club he left in 2012, then Jose Mourinho will pay €140m for him. That translates to £117m – even more than previously claimed.
Both Italian newspapers report that while speculation has been abound all summer concerning Pogba, things are now more serious as United push for a deal.
Gazzetta add that ‘Pogba would be offered €12m per season on a five year contract, with the remainder of the €140m representing the transfer fee. They brand it United’s ‘final attack’ for the midfielder.
Carlo Laudisa, who is eminently reliable on Serie A news, added the following:
#Pogba close to #United: offer of € 100 + 24 (bonus) mio. Work in progress, #Juve
— Carlo Laudisa (@carlolaudisa) July 18, 2016
British outlets add to the fire, with The Independent stating that United have delayed announcing their squad numbers for the 2016/17 season, with Pogba’s future up in the air.
It really could happen. And it really would be ridiculous.