Ed Woodward has started negotiations over a possible transfer for Paul Pogba that could cost £100 million, according to reports.
It has been reported that in the last 48 hours, Woodward started to thrash out a deal for the French midfielder which would see him earn €13m a season at Old Trafford.
There are several variables to consider including the possibility of Real Madrid swooping for the 23-year-old. Guillem Balague reports that the powers that be at the Spanish club are convinced they can land the player but whether they are willing to pay the requested £100m along with wages is another question that needs to be answered.
Pogba has been offered a new deal at Juventus that would keep him at the club until 2021 and would increase his wages by €2 million to €7 million a year, some way short of the €13m being discussed here. It would certainly be a full circle if the reason Pogba re-joined United was due to money given that was the reason he left in the first place.
While representing his country at France at Euro 2016, Pogba has become the centre of the footballing universe as speculation heats up about him becoming the first ever £100m player. He is said to want a new challenge and the lure of Jose Mourinho and the Premier League might be too good to turn down but he has already played for United and things did not end well.
United have acted fast this summer and signed three players in areas of concern for the club. Mourinho has also cleared out some of the backroom staff from previous regimes including Ryan Giggs and Pogba might feel as though a new era is about to begin at the club.
Having not qualified for the Champions League, United might not be the most desirable of places but if Pogba feels as though Mourinho and the club are serious about regaining dominance in European football then Old Trafford is the place to be where he can be the star attraction of a team crying out for a young superstar.