Pogba deal stalls over extra £10m payment, £115m record transfer


The circus surround the transfer of Paul Pogba, 23, from Juventus to Manchester United continues unabashed.

The Serie A club has rejected Manchester United’s €110m bid, declaring that they want another €10m to complete the deal. Already a world record transfer fee at that level, Juventus are determined to squeeze every penny that they can out of the Mancunians.

Personal terms have been agreed with Pogba’s agent, the ubiquitous Mino Raiola, believed to be a basic salary of around £220,000 per week plus bonuses on four-year deal. Which leaves the fee the last piece of the puzzle before the player can undertake a medical completing his return to Old Trafford.

Speculation over the weekend that Juventus would be forced to reach an early agreement over the fee has been quashed. Signing Gonzalo Higuain, 28, does not signal desperation for money, the Italians confirmed. It dashed hopes that a deal might be finalised before Ed Woodward, United’s CEO, joined up with the pre-season tour in China.

Higuain reportedly undertook a medical in Madrid last week, away from the prying eyes of the media leading to speculation that the Argentine striker’s move to Turin could be completed by the middle of this week.

With a net profit of €25m on both deals, Juventus will be smiling all the way to the bank.


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