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Manchester United close in on Pogba deal

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 France midfielder Paul Pogba is one of the most sought-after stars in world football.

France midfielder Paul Pogba is one of the most sought-after stars in world football.

UNITED KINGDOM, July 29 – Manchester United are reportedly on the verge of signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, after agreeing a Sh12.4 billion shillings (110 million euro) fee with the Serie A champions on Thursday.

Real Madrid were also credited with a strong interest in the France international, but the Spanish club’s president, Florentino Perez, is said to be unwilling to match the hefty bid lodged by the Red Devils.

Pogba is currently enjoying an off-season break in the United States and it has been suggested he could undergo a medical in Miami, ahead of the transfer being confirmed on the weekend.

The midfielder’s agent will receive a 20m euro commission upon the completion of the transfer, with Pogba set to pocket 13m euro per season in wages at Old Trafford as well as 7m euro in image rights.

The 23-year-old spent three years in Manchester United’s youth academy before making the step up to the first team in the 2011/12 season.

However, he made just four appearances and went on to join Juventus in the summer of 2012 after the expiry of his contract.

To date, Pogba has made 178 appearances for Juventus, scoring 34 goals in the process.

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is currently the world’s most expensive footballer, having joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a fee of 100m euros, while teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is in second place after his 94m euro transfer from Manchester United in 2009.

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