Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United stalling over agent’s fee

The France midfielder is understood to be in advanced talks with United about a return to Old Trafford, four years after he left to play in Serie A.

While agreement on his personal terms has been reached, neither club seem willing to pay the 20m euros fee Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola wants for brokering the deal.

It is the sole sticking point which is preventing Jose Mourinho from completing the last of the four key signings he wishes to make ahead of his debut campaign in Manchester.

Reporter Valentina Fass told Sky Sports News HQ’s Transfer Centre: “Paul Pogba is really in advanced talks with Manchester United.

Agent Mino Raiola wants a 20m euros fee for his part in the deal which would take Pogba to Old Trafford
Agent Mino Raiola wants a 20m euros fee for his part in the deal which would take Pogba to Old Trafford

“They seem to have found an agreement with the player. He should be getting 13m euros net per season plus 7m euros a year for image rights.

“The main problem is the amount that the two clubs have to exchange because of the agent’s fee.

“The agent himself was in Miami with the player. Pogba is still on holiday at the moment and should meet up with the Juventus team at the beginning of August.

“Raiola went to Miami to discuss further the issues because it is understood the fee for him should be really high, something around 20m euros just for the agent.

Pogba will be returning to United four years after he left for Juventus if the transfer goes through
Pogba will be returning to United four years after he left for Juventus if the transfer goes through

“What has to be decided is who pays the fee because Juventus doesn’t want to pay the fee.

“Manchester United, at the moment, doesn’t want to pay that amount of money when it’s already spending 110m euros for the player.”

Mourinho has acted decisively in the market this summer, signing Eric Bailly from Villarreal, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is one of three signings United have made this summer along with Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is one of three signings United have made this summer along with Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The proposed Pogba deal is dragging out longer than anticipated and the United manager has insisted he has other options he could pursue if required.

Among those linked with a switch to the former Premier League champions as an alternative is Blaise Matuidi of Paris St-Germain.

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