Manchester United in Advanced Talks to Sign Three Truly World-Class talents: Analysis and NumbersPublished June 26, 2016
Jose Mourinho is seemingly very busy looking to lure a succession of top names to Old Trafford this summer with the Daily Telegraph claiming that Manchester United are in advanced talks to sign three top quality players, their move for this trio aided by the fact that they all share the same agent.
Top of the pile is Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba.
The 23-year-old former Manchester United youth team graduate, who plied his trade with the Premier League side from 2009 until 2012, left for Turin when his contract with the club expired with Sir Alex Ferguson unwilling to renew the youngster’s deal.
That decision may well prove very costly indeed.
It is believed that any successful deal to sign Pogba will smash the current transfer record, which stands at £86m, with this source claiming the fee to bring in the rangy Frenchman could be as high as £110m.
Such is the quality of the player that such a fee doesn’t seem exorbitant at all.
Since moving from Manchester United to Juventus Pogba has collected four Serie A titles in his four completed seasons in Italy. Each season he has become progressively more important to the club and boss Massimiliano Allegri would be loathed to lose such a talent but the club would struggle to ignore a fee of £100m plus for a player that is said to have cost as little as £300k.
Last term Pogba finished as the leading assist maker in Serie A and the season previously he played a defining role in helping Juventus to the Champions League final.
Would Pogba be open to a return to Manchester United? Well the opportunity to play under Mourinho would prove tempting and the chance to play a major role in the club’s push back to greatness may just be enough to see such a deal become a reality though the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona may
Pogba is demanding a massive £9.75m a year, after tax, a sum Manchester United are willing to foot.
Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward is also ‘locked in talks’ with two other Mino Raiola players, namely Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Mkhitaryan, and one wonders just how much of an obstacle the lack of Champions League action could prove to be.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just called time on his international career and in doing so has perhaps bought himself an extra season or two of top flight club football and is therefore an even more prized addition, should Mourinho pull off the deal.
The Swedish international is clearly no spring chicken but there is no denying the 34-year-old is still at the top of his game.
Over the course of four seasons in France the lanky forward bagged 156 goals in 180 appearances and his strong physical presence should make him a feared customer in the English top tier.
Armenian international Mkhitaryan could offer some much needed creativity to Manchester United’s midfield and many are speculating that the Borussia Dortmund man could act as a replacement for Juan Mata.
Mata was sold by Mourinho during their shared time at Chelsea and as such could well be considered surplus to requirements by the Portuguese boss.
The 27-year-old is a very effective attacking weapon, scoring a healthy tally, and last term leading the Bundesliga assist-making charts.
Mourinho has already successfully acquired highly rated defender Eric Bailly, arriving from Villarreal for a fee of around £30m, and there is no doubt that further big money additions are in the offing.