Jose Mourinho is certainly not hanging back when it comes to completing his preferred transfer signings. Red Devils are in serious discussions to sign two of Europe’s finest midfield players this summer – Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
And if reports are to be believed, Mourinho is winning the battle to sign both of them as soon as Euro 2016 is over. While Mkhitaryan’s deal was in advanced stages already, it was Pogba’s unlikely return to Old Trafford which saw a new lease of light today.
According to the trusted Spanish journal AS, Pogba could sign for Manchester United in a world record £97million deal after his agent Mino Raiola has put United in the driving seat for Frenchman’s signature.
Raiola is currently negotiating a deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mkhitarayn as well which has kept him in United’s good books and Ed Woodward is willing to splash extra cash this summer if it means bringing Paul Pogba back to the club.
According to reports, United are happy to pay the £97million asking fee from Juventus and are preparing a contract worth £9.75m-a-season or £187,000-a-week to force Pogba’s Premier League return.
As for Mkhitaryan, Red Devils received a huge boost earlier today after Dortmund made a direct approach to Bayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi as Mkhitaryan’s potential replacement.
The news was confirmed by Leverkusen’s chielf Rudi Voller who spoke with Bild earlier today and said: “There was an official request from Dortmund few days ago, but it was instantly rejected.”
This does look like Mkhitaryan has his bags packed and is waiting for United and Dortmund to agree on the mentioned €40m transfer fee before he could be officially revealed as a Manchester United player.
Jose Mourinho must be over the moon right now given the options he may end up with next season to field his starting XI. With Pogba, Mkhitaryan and possibly Ibrahimovic we may be looking at the potential Premier League Champions in Manchester United.