Paul Pogba will reportedly move to Manchester United this summer after his former club secured him for a fee of €110 million. For weeks now, the rumours suggesting that Pogba could return to the Theatre of Dreams, a club he left four years ago for a compensation payment of £800,000. On Thursday afternoon, reports broke that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola was meeting with Juventus again in order to finalise the move for the French midfielder, which should quicken the move for the player, after many weeks of rumours, speculation, mocking from rival clubs and fears that Real Madrid would set up and sweep Pogba to the Santiago Bernabeu, rather than Old Trafford. Raiola was one of the reasons that the deal was prolonged with the agent entitled to a massive fee for his services, in the region of €20 million. Pogba will have his medical in Los Angeles on Friday, according to the Daily Mail, signing a five-year deal with the Old Trafford club.
It has been reported that Pogba would earn €13 million a year at Manchester United, with a further €7 million in image rights, which would see him earn €20 million per year before tax. Last week, Raiola met Pogba in Miami, which suggested the latter stages of the transfer were taking place, but many lacked patience on the deal which made looking for news on Twitter pretty humorous with many supporters caving into the pressure, sniping at other supporters with opposition supporters having a laugh at their expense. Gianluca Di Marzio, a journalist in Italy who gave us all an update yesterday suggesting that the deal was within two days away from being complete, has also reported today that things seem to be moving in the right direction.
Di Marzio confirmed that the fees involved in the deal had been worked out and it could be in the region of €110 million with Juventus making a profit of around €100 million, which over a four-year period is a great return, although they will be losing a player with massive potential. Many may laugh that Manchester United have spent such a fee on Pogba, but deep down they would love to have a player such as Pogba sign for their club. Real Madrid fans were celebrating when Zinedine Zidane uttered the words “anything can happen before the 31st August”, with them thinking Real Madrid were back in for Pogba when they found out United’s deal was nearly complete, all of a sudden Pogba is rubbish and Real Madrid did not need him anyway. Absolute muppetry.
Many seem to suggest that Manchester United are buying the Premier League title by making the world record signing, you know, like Manchester City tried to do by spending £1 billion and winning just five trophies, none of them European. United have managed to sign Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba all without being in the UEFA Champions League. If City did not have money, they would never have experienced decent players at all, stuck in a rut with Shaun Goater and the like, instead of spending massive fees on the likes of Robinho £36 million, Jô £20 million only for them to be sold at a loss or leave on a free a few years later. Also spending £49 million on Raheem Sterling and wanting to pay £50 million for John Stones must be perfectly alright.
Pogba is not the finished product, he is only 23 years old with the world at his feet. Having potential is the best part about being a footballer. Having that potential means that many clubs will be interested in you, like has been seen here with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and even Manchester City at a point, interested in him. That shows the potential the French midfielder has. Seeing the way he played in Italy shows how good he is currently, and in a few years time, he could be the finished article, a player that many will be sick they missed. Former Manchester United coach Paul McGuinness spoke to Sky Sports about Pogba and his potential, saying;
“You can’t be that at 23. So you’re paying for the potential.”
Pogba’s coach at Le Harve, Mohamed Chacha is convinced that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is the man to make his former player into one of the best players in the world. Speaking to Gazzetta World, he said:
“Returning to United will be a beautiful thing for Paul. When he was there he didn’t have the opportunity to break through to the first team. Now, with his return he can show his talents. I don’t like to talk about money, but if the Red Devils are willing to pay so much it’s only because Paul is a great talent and a golden boy who works so hard to win everything. He’s only 23 years old and has room to grow. To train with great players and with a great coach will always make you better. We have yet to see his peak.”
It is clear that Manchester United will have themselves a player, who really should not have left the club, who can help turn them into champions again. Having the likes of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, not to mention the rest of his teammates at the club, could see United push for silverware this season. Louis van Gaal did a lot for the club, brought in some good players, got rid of the deadwood, created a foundation, which at the end of the day what something he did well, just his football was not fitting in with the club or the Premier League. Jose Mourinho has been the manager for around two months now, has managed to sign four great players, has got his team happy again and will be gunning for United’s rivals when the new season starts.