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Sunday 25 September 2016

United preparing £100m Pogba bid this week

Man United target Paul Pogba. Picture Credit: PA
Man United target Paul Pogba. Picture Credit: PA

Manchester United are set to make an official bid for Paul Pogba in the next 24 hours with club officials meeting the Juventus directors Giuseppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici as well as the player's agent, Mino Raiola, to discuss the deal.

Manchester United's executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, was originally due to travel with the team to China for their pre-season tour yesterday but he did not board the plane and it is understood that he will be part of the delegation that is meeting Juventus.

United are expected to make an opening bid of £100m with £13m of that performance-related add-ons.

Juventus are likely to reject that offer - they want £100m without add-ons to even contemplate a sale - and are still hoping to hold on to the 23-year-old midfielder, who has a contract until 2019.

The Serie A club will meet United to get a sense of whether they would be prepared to raise their offer and will then talk to the former United player and Raiola.

Pogba has not yet said that he wants to leave the club and the deal is likely to hinge on him demanding a move.

Pogba would be offered a contract worth £250,000 a week if he decides to return to Old Trafford.

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