Paul Pogba is set to become Manchester United's fourth summer signing after the Red Devils agreed a world-record deal with Juventus to bring the midfielder back to England. The French midfielder left Old Trafford on a free transfer in 2012 after rejecting a new deal and has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world in the last four years with the Serie A champions.
The Daily Mail reports that the two clubs came to an agreement on Thursday night (28 July) with United agreeing to pay around £100m ($131m) to sign the midfielder and end one of the longest running transfer sagas of the summer. The deal for the France international will smash the British transfer record, which stands at £59.7m the Red Devils paid for Angel Di Maria in 2014. It also eclipses the previous world record transfer when Real Madrid paid a reported £85m to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur.
The deal to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford is set to be finalised on Friday after further talks with the Italian club's officials. It is believed that both United and Juventus will pay Mino Raiola's fee, which is set to be around 20% of the total cost of taking Pogba to Manchester.
The 23-year-old is set to have his medical in Florida, where he is currently holidaying and will put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal worth around £290,000-a-week, which will make him one of the top earning stars in the Premier League. The Guardian reported on Wednesday (27 July) night that the Red Devils will complete the deal in the next 48 hours and it looks a possibility after the two clubs came to an agreement the following day.
Real Madrid had briefly re-entered the race after Zinedine Zidane admitted that he was interested in signing the Frenchman, but according to Goal, they have pulled out of the race, as they cannot match the world-record fee offered by the 20-time English champions. Pogba will become Jose Mourinho's fourth summer signing following the arrival of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.