Manchester United are preparing the contracts and documents to finalise the signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus for €110m (£93m) plus add-ons.
The Italian club are set to formally accept United’s bid and were meeting Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, in Turin on Thursday to finalise the details of a transfer which will make the France midfielder the world’s most expensive player.
The points to be settled at that meeting revolve around the add-ons. United have offered €10m and Juventus want a further €5m if Pogba extends his contract.
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United have held their own talks with Raiola about the agent’s €20m fee, which Juventus have insisted the Premier League club must pay in full.
Pobga is set to become United’s fourth signing since José Mourinho was appointed as manager, following the defender Eric Bailly, the striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Ibrahimovic trained with the team for the first time on Thursday, having been excused the trip to China, and is expected to make his debut against Galatasaray in Gothenburg on Saturday.
United hope to have completed the signing of Pogba by then. The 23-year-old must undergo a medical before sealing a return to the club he joined from Le Havre in 2009 and for whom he made seven first-team appearances before leaving for Juventus in 2012.
Mourinho has indicated that Pogba’s arrival will signal the end of United’s significant transfer business this summer, having targeted four players. “Our fundamental market is 75% done,” he said last weekend, “and when we sign one midfield player that crucial work will be done.” Mourinho did rule out further purchases, though. “Sometimes things happen that you are not expecting, and we have to react,” he said.
Pogba’s fee eclipses that of Gareth Bale, who became the world’s most expensive player when he moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in 2013 for £86m. The costliest transfer of this summer has been Gonzalo Higuaín’s from Napoli to Juventus for €90m (75.3m), which placed the 28-year-old striker third on the list of the most expensive deals, behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
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