Manchester United have managed to beat Real Madrid in their ongoing pursuit of signing Paul Pogba after the Red Devils agreed a deal in principle with the midfielder. The Juventus star has long been linked with a move away from the club, with the two European giants in the race for his signature.
The 23-year-old is preparing for the Euro 2016 with France, where they take on Portugal at Stade de France on 10 July. He left Old Trafford as a free agent and completed a move to the Turin club in 2012, where he has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the continent.
According to the Spanish publication AS, Jose Mourinho's side have taken a lead in signing the France international. Pogba was demanding a net wage of €13.5m-a-year (£11.5m, $14.9m) and United are ready to meet his demands.
The Juventus man is managed by Mino Raiola. The super agent has already helped United sign two of his other clients, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Pogba's agent is working with the Premier League club in helping them re-sign their former player in the current transfer window, who is Mourinho's priority summer target.
Mourinho has revealed that he is targeting four specialist signings this summer and Ed Woodward has helped him complete three out of those four signings. The fourth one is Pogba, who is valued to be around €120m (£102.4m, $132.6m) by Juventus and Raiola has asked €25m (£21.3m, $27.6m) as the agent's fee.
This deal is set to break the world-record fee Real paid to Tottenham Hotspur when they signed Gareth Bale in 2013. The exorbitant figures in signing Pogba, which include the transfer and agent fee, along with the player's wage demands have put off the Champions League winners.
However, United are willing to break the bank in bringing Pogba to Old Trafford after agreeing a deal in principle with the France international. The Red Devils' executive vice-chairman will schedule a meeting with Juventus in order to table the offer for their prized asset.
Meanwhile, according to French publication L'Equipe, Pogba has already informed his friends that he will join Mourinho at United. Any deal is unlikely to take place before the end of the Euro 2016 on Sunday.