Manchester United and Paul Pogba are things that we have been hearing a lot about lately. Many are bored with the saga, many others assume that Real Madrid will swoop for the player, despite the fact that they initially ruled themselves out, only with Zinedine Zidane said; “Everyone is interested in Pogba. When you’re Madrid, you want the best. Until August 31 anything can happen,” suggesting they still retained an interest in the player. Pogba is a great player and one who would be a great addition to Manchester United’s midfield, but with the saga rumbling on throughout the past few weeks, with little development, it was turning into something akin of the saga’s of the past – Wesley Sneijder, Sergio Ramos, Cesc Fabregas and many more. On Wednesday evening, Gianluca Di Marzio reported that Manchester United and Juventus should close a deal for Pogba in the next two days.
Further reports then started to come out from the media, this from Fabrizio Romano, a colleague of Di Marzio, suggesting that United had offered €110 million plus bonuses and that Juventus was ready to accept the deal, also that United was then in talk with Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola regarding his percentage of the deal, also a confirmation that Pogba himself had accepted a contract offer from United some weeks ago and that he wanted a Manchester United return. Matteo Moratto, another member of staff for Di Marzio stated that a medical could happen in the United States of America for Pogba. Pillib de Brún, Malachians as he is known on Twitter recently confirmed that United have agreed to pay Mino Raiola, so a deal may not be all that far away.
This is actually starting to look like a deal to bring Pogba back to the Theatre of Dreams is happening and that Di Marzio is right yet again. Many people have been abusing those who have been passing on information, suggesting that is they were wrong, they would be finished. These people annoy me. I guess they would rather no information is passed into to the public via social media or news websites. Imagine the discontent if people did not know what was happening, especially after the fact that most intricate details were made public in this way. Years ago, the newspapers and Teletext was the only way to keep up to date with transfer news, which was invariably incorrect or short of the mark.
The Sun, yes the ever-reliable newspaper, are currently reporting that the deal to sign Pogba is done at a staggering £112 million, which includes £20 million payable to Mino Raiola. £92 million will be the fee for the player, making it a new world record transfer fee, topping what Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale in the summer of 2013. To be fair, we have been here before, especially with the same newspaper. They suggest that a Juventus source has told them; “A deal with United is done. This could well be the case, or they are speculating on the information obtained from Di Marzio, Romano and Moratto, which is linked above. They state that Juventus will also pay Raiola £4 million for his services in sorting out the transfer, meaning he will earn £24 million for this deal alone.
Pogba left United back in 2012 after refusing a new contract, leaving effectively on a free deal, but due to his age, a compensation payment of £800,000 was made. That would basically mean that before taking into account the wages Pogba would have earned at the Turin club, Juventus will be making a profit of £91.2 million, which cannot be bad. Wages will take that profit down a little, but it will still be a massive profit, something that Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United might think long and hard about, learning a lesson from it and making sure it did not happen again. United would be bringing one of the best young midfielders in Europe to the Old Trafford club, at just 23 years old, he could fill the midfield for a decade or more, providing he did not leave for the second time.