United see £85m Pogba bid rejected

Opening bid turned down by Italian champs

Manchester United have had an opening £85million bid for midfielder Paul Pogba turned down by Juventus.

According to sources in Italy, the offer was turned down on Tuesday, but United were told that a world-record bid of £100million+ would be accepted.

It’s thought that Juventus have now accepted that Pogba wants to leave the club but, given his reputation and quality, want to get as high a price as possible.

The cost of the deal has already priced Real Madrid out of the race, meaning United are the only team pursuing a deal.

Pogba is currently on having time off after getting to the final of Euro 2016 in France, and will not return to Turin until August 6th.

New United boss Jose Mourinho recently spoke of four priority targets in the transfer window and midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s capture marked their third acquisition following the arrivals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and centre-back Eric Bailly.

Pogba left Old Trafford on a free transfer in 2012 but the 23-year-old could be set to return this summer, with negotiations over a deal understood to have begun earlier this month.

 

By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10

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