Manchester United have reportedly agreed a deal in principle with Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola for the Real Madrid target.
According to AS, the agreement has given United plenty of leeway in negotiations, with the Red Devils willing to pay Juventus €120m and offer the midfielder a salary of €13.5m after tax.
Los Blancos are also said to have been put off by Raiola’s “crazy” demands of €25m commission from the deal.
Jose Mourinho confirmed at his first Press conference as United manager earlier in the week that he had identified four new players, and three of them – Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – have already been secured.
The fourth is all-but-certain to be a central midfielder and possibly Pogba, given United’s operating profits of over €200m, sustained by lucrative sponsorships with Adidas and Chevrolets and revised Premier League television rights.
AS concludes by warning Madrid “must react” as United chief executive Ed Woodward will meet with the Juve hierarchy next week to formally present his club’s €120m offer.