MANCHESTER UNITED have made a British transfer record bid of £60million for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
SunSport can reveal that Jose Mourinho sanctioned the offer this week as the Old Trafford club seek to beat Barcelona to the 23-year-old’s signature.
Mourinho sees the French powerhouse as the first brick in his planned United rebuild, even though Pogba walked out on United for nothing four years ago.United’s offer is worth an initial £48m fee plus £12m more in add-on payments based on United’s success and Pogba’s appearances.
That adds up to slightly more than the £59.7m they paid for Argentine flop Angel Di Maria in 2014.
Mourinho has a track record of signing retreads, after persuading Chelsea to spend £25m on Nemanja Matic in 2014, three years after he left for Benfica as the makeweight in the deal to land David Luiz.
The Portuguese sees Pogba’s passing range, tenacity and intelligence as the ideal fulcrum for his new-look United team.Italian champions Juventus have yet to respond to the offer though it is understood the club are increasingly resigned to losing their star player.
Pogba has indicated that he feels he has achieved everything he can at Juve having won four straight Serie A titles and now wants and new challenge where he believes he can win more honours.
The France international has left his future in the hands of agent, Mino Raiola, who has been listening to offers for him for the past three months.
Pogba left United for Turin in 2012 under freedom of contract after failing to establish himself in the first team at Old Trafford.
Then manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, accused the player of ‘’disrespecting Manchester United’ with his actions.
SunSport understands that Mourinho’s appointment as Louis Van Gaal’s successor and the challenge of making United great again are very appealing to Pogba.
United are hopeful of reaching an agreement with player and club before the start of pre season training in July.
Source: Sun, Uk