Manchester United will finally make their move for Juventus star Paul Pogba next week according to reports in France.
French newspaper L’equipe claims that Jose Mourinho wants Pogba to join him at Manchester United, and in turn allow the Frenchman to settle his unfinished business with the club that he left back in 2012 on a free transfer. Mourinho tried, and failed, to sign Pogba last summer whilst at Chelsea, and is still keen on being United with the midfielder. The article claims that Pogba himself is also keen to work with the Portuguese manager.
L’equipe note that Juventus have no intention of selling their star man, unless they receive a world record bid of around €100million.
The report also suggests that Mourinho could be willing to ditch his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation in preference to a 4-3-3 to accommodate Pogba, who would work alongside converted midfielder Wayne Rooney, behind a front three of Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the latter two who could sign within the next 24hours.
Manchester United do of course have competition in the race to sign Pogba, with Real Madrid also interested, however it is believed that the Premier League club hold an advantage in negotiations so far thanks to their relationship with Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola, who has been involved in the deals to take Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan to Old Trafford.