Paul Pogba has agreed personal terms with Manchester United, but his extended holiday has left the move stalled for the time being.
According to a report from Dailystar, United chiefs have already cleared out terms on a massive 100 million contract for the Juventus star.
They have even held talks with Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola and all parties have settled on what the midfielder will earn at Old Trafford.
Old Trafford hierarchy now have to negotiate a concrete fee with the Italian club, who are still working out how much they want for their star asset. The issue could be forced by Pogba himself if he formally tells Juve he wants to leave.
But he has instead flown out to America for his holiday and maintained distance from the chaos telling agent Raiola to sort everything out.
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. The Serie A season, meanwhile, starts on August 21.
Meanwhile, United are ready to wait however long it needs to get their man – such is their desire to sign Pogba. Mourinho also knows he may have to break the world record to convince Juve to sell.
The Italian giants already appear to be making plans for life without Pogba by spending big cash in the transfer market.
They have sealed a £79m deal for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is expected to complete his move this week.