Manchester United have reportedly failed with a world-record bid for Juventus’ Paul Pogba, but Jose Mourinho is refusing to give up.
Sky Italia and The Guardian claim United’s opening offer of £85million was rejected by the Italian champions while reports elsewhere indicate Pogba wants to make the return move to Manchester.
The bid also included performance bonuses which could have raised it to £100m in total but Juventus are understood to be insisting on a basic fee of £100m, plus a further £8m in add-ons.
Mourinho made it clear to Reds executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that he wanted Pogba to be his next high-profile signing before jetting out on the club’s pre-season tour to China.
Woodward stayed behind to conduct negotiations with Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola and Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta.
The France midfielder, who left Old Trafford four years ago after failing to make a sustained first-team breakthrough, is reported to have agreed personal terms already – £250,000-a-week for five years – with only the transfer fee set to be decided.