Paul Pogba’s potential return to Old Trafford might cost Manchester United a mammoth £175million, according to reports.
The Guardian claim, the Red Devils have now tabled an improved £92m offer for the Juventus midfielder.
But it has been straightaway rejected with the Serie A giants informing United that they are after closer to £100m as the Serie A champions attempt to extract the best possible financial deal.
With agent Mino Raiola’s £20m windfall included and the Frenchman’s £11m-a-year salary, United could end up paying out £175m over the five years of his contract.
Raiola, has discussed the terms of a five‑year deal with United officials and it is believed his wage demands have been well-settled. But the EPL giants have to dig further into their pocket to land the player who left Old Trafford in 2012 after refusing to sign a new contract following seven senior appearances for the club.
Raiola’s fees, rumored to be about 20% of the initial sum paid to Juve, must also be paid entirely by United but the finer details of that agreement have not been finalised.
Two of the Dutch agent’s other players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, have already signed for United this summer.
Meanwhile, Pogba, it is believed, has informed his agent that he will only deal with his future once he’s back from the States.
So with Pogba more than 5,000 miles away in Miami, any move is in limbo right now.
To make matters worse for Mourinho, the Frenchman is not expected to back in Turin from his holiday until August 6.
That’s just a day before United’s first competitive fixture of the season, the Community Shield against Leicester.
United will be up against Bournemouth in their Premier League opener a week later on August 14.