Man United seal £112m deal, contract terms agreed, medical tomorrow, squad number revealed: Jose Mourinho gets his man!Published August 4, 2016
It’s apparently done and dusted. Paul Pogba will return to Old Trafford with the Daily Express claiming a deal to bring the French international back to Manchester United now completed and a contract offer being agreed by the 23-year-old. It’s a deal that will break all sorts of records.
The Daily Telegraph believe the move could be announced ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash between Jose Mourinho’s side and Premier League title holders Leicester City.
A medical is penciled in for Friday and Jose Mourinho stated last night
“We are going to sign one more player, that’s for sure,”
So how much will this deal cost?
Well the fee for the player is said to be £112m though this doesn’t take into account a £20m+ payment that must be made to Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola and there is some dispute as to whether Manchester United or Juventus will foot the bill.
That said, the deal will represent a world-record, eclipsing the £86m Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale.
Is he worth it?
Some will state that the sums banded about are astronomical and that the Juventus man isn’t worth such a fee, citing his most recent benign showing at the Euro 2016 finals as evidence of this fact.
This would be harsh indeed, not least as Pogba’s average showing was down chiefly to Didier Deschamps’ using the player in a far too defensive role.
Over the course of four years at Juventus Pogba has won four Serie A titles and has grown in stature year on year, culminating in last term’s displays that led to the player leading the assist-making charts in the Italian top tier.
Overall Pogba has made 178 appearances for Juventus, netting 34 goals and providing 28 assists, very decent stats to say the least.
Perfect midfield weapon
Paul Pogba offers the qualities of an attacking midfielder whilst offering, when necessary, the stamina and force associated with a more defensively minded performer.
Arguably he has achieved as much as he can at Juventus, the pinnacle of his time in Turin perhaps being his aiding the club’s run to a Champions League final in 2014/15, and the chance to work under Jose Mourinho could prove very tempting indeed.
Pogba will be handed a £275k a week contract, making him the club’s second highest paid player behind Wayne Rooney, and a five year deal is in the offing with Jose Mourinho looking to build his new side around the new addition.
Mourinho has been handed a massive transfer fund war-chest and the club’s board will demand, at the very least, a top four finish that will secure a return to the Champions League and the outlay this summer is with a view to the self-styled ‘Special One’ leading the club into a bright new future.
Manchester United were always likely to struggle following the retirement of figurehead boss Sir Alex Ferguson but after three lean seasons, under first David Moyes and then Louis van Gaal, the Premier League side must now get back on track and Mourinho is certainly a proven winner who should deliver the goods.