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Pogba at United? Jose Mourinho hikes offer to record-breaking 100 million pounds

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 21 July 2016, 13:28 IST

English football giants Manchester United have stepped up their offer and may be inching closer to signing Frenchman and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has marked the 23-year-old Frenchman and is going full steam ahead to get the star player in to his club. Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea Football Club, wants to make an impact in his first season at Old Trafford.

Mourinho has made a record-breaking 100 million-pound offer for Pogba, after the opening bid of 86 million pounds for the 23-year-old was rejected by Juventus.

If Mourinho pulls it off, Pogba will break the record signing fees that Real Madrid paid for Wales talisman Gareth Bale in 2013 - a whopping 85 million pounds.

According to media reports, Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward stalled his pre-season tour to meet Pogba's agent Mino Raiola on 20 July. Both officials reportedly negotiated a prospective five-year contract worth 2,20,000 pounds per week after taxes.

Mourinho has spent more than 50 million pounds on defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal and midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. In a big move, United has roped in former Paris Saint Germain giant Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer.

Commenting on Pogba's move, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri told the Italian media: "Anyone who has the opportunity to leave Juventus has to consider things very carefully, because right now Juve are among the top four European clubs."

"This is not a selling club that just lets its players go. Pogba belongs to Juve and at the end of the day he too will want to win another Scudetto and hopefully the Champions League."

First published: 21 July 2016, 13:28 IST