If Manchester United is to get its priority target in this summer transfer window, Paul Pogba, it must smash British record transfer fee to land the £78million-rated Juventus midfielder.
It is such a turn of fate for Manchester United which cast off Pogba from Old Trafford for a meagre £800,000 in 2012 but now has to pay 100 times that amount to bring him back to the Theatre of Dreams.
Daily Mirror UK reports that Juventus want to start a bidding war for Pogba and believe the France star is worth 100m euros (£78million) which is nearly 100 times the amount of compensation United received from Juventus when Pogba left on a Bosman in 2012, angry at his lack of first-team opportunities under Sir Alex Ferguson.
But the club is prepared to bankroll the deal because Jose Mourinho wants to rebuild United’s midfield around him.
Mourinho is a big admirer of Pogba and tried to sign him last summer for Chelsea, as did Manchester City which refused to pay Juventus’s £71million asking price.
Juve’s chief executive Giuseppe Marotta warned then that Pogba’s price would only increase, saying “in the future, he could be worth more than 100million euros”.
United’s willingness to sanction a £70million-plus deal for Pogba yesterday they completed Eric Bailly’s £30million signing from Villarreal, is a sign of their intent this summer.