United says YES to £100m

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PAUL Pogba is set to be of­fi­cially con­firmed as a Man­ches­ter United player again af­ter his world record £100 mil­lion move was fi­nally sealed on Thurs­day night.

Af­ter weeks of ne­go­ti­a­tions, United have agreed a huge fee for the Ju­ven­tus star to com­plete Jose Mour­inho’s sum­mer spend­ing spree.

United are ea­ger to parade their new sign­ing — who com­pleted a med­i­cal in Los An­ge­les and will wear the No 6 shirt — and are set to of­fi­cially an­nounce his ar­rival.

It means the player who left Old Traf­ford for next to noth­ing in 2012 re­turns as the stel­lar sign­ing of the sum­mer — in a world record trans­fer which smashes the Bri­tish mark by an in­cred­i­ble £40m.

The deal for the 23-year-old France mid­fielder is done af­ter Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola held fur­ther talks with Ju­ven­tus of­fi­cials and lawyers in Turin on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

United and Ju­ven­tus have agreed to pay a fee to Raiola with part of his 20 per cent bonus be­ing ac­counted for in Pogba’s over­all deal.

It is un­der­stood, how­ever, that Ju­ven­tus will an­nounce the fee at £84.3m on ac­count of the tax they are due to pay on the trans­fer. The cur­rent world record trans­fer fee is the £86m paid by Real Madrid to Tot­ten­ham for Gareth Bale in 2013.

Pogba had a med­i­cal in Los An­ge­les af­ter his re­cent hol­i­day in Florida be­fore sign­ing a five-year con­tract worth £290 000 a week.

The add-ons will in­clude a bonus to Ju­ven­tus should he re­new his con­tract at United and an­other should he win the Bal­lon d’Or.

The France star was spot­ted out and about in Bev­erly Hills on Thurs­day vis­it­ing Mr Chow — a high-end Chi­nese cui­sine restau­rant — and shop­ping for a new pair of shoes.

Pogba left Old Traf­ford in July 2012 af­ter the then United man­ager Sir Alex Fer­gu­son re­fused to agree to Raiola’s de­mands for an im­proved con­tract. Ju­ven­tus paid them just £800,000 in com­pen­sa­tion.

He be­comes United’s fourth sign­ing since Jose Mour­inho was ap­pointed as man­ager, fol­low­ing de­fender Eric Bailly, striker Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and at­tack­ing mid­fielder Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan.

The previous trans­fer record paid by a Bri­tish club was the £59.7m United forked out for Ar­gentina winger An­gel Di Maria from Real Madrid in Au­gust 2014.

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

Mean­while, Man­ches­ter City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola has ad­mit­ted his in­ter­est in Ever­ton de­fender John Stones, hint­ing at a move for the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League cam­paign.

The 22-year-old, who is said to be val­ued at £50m by the Tof­fees, is cur­rently on a pre-sea­son tour of Ger­many with Ron­ald Koe­man’s side. — mailon­line.

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