Turin, July 20 (IANS) French midfield sensation Paul Pogba wants to join Manchester United, but Italian football champions Juventus have rejected a transfer fee of around 100 million euros ($110 million), while raising the price tag to 125 million euros ($137.6 million), according to media reports.
The 23-year-old has been a target for United for some time now, but the English Premier League giants had to wait until Euro 2016 concluded before they could make a concrete move to bring the star back to Manchester.
But now Pogba has informed the Serie A holders that he wants them to allow him to leave, reported Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday.
He will also earn 12 million euros ($13.2 million) per season plus bonuses for a five-year contract if he chooses to move to United which is more than double of what he gets here.
In Juventus, Pogba earns 4.5 million euros ($4.95 million) per season, which rises to six million euros ($6.60 million) in bonuses and increases year-on-year.
However, on Tuesday United had a bid in the region of 100 million euros ($110 million) rejected, according to Sky Sport Italia, when Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta met with the English club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola.
It is believed that a new bid closer to 125 million euros ($137.6 million) — a world record transfer fee — would likely be accepted by Juventus, who are now resigned to losing the Frenchman, after he made his desire to return to Old Trafford known.
In case United shell out the gigantic amount, Juventus would get 100 million euros ($110 million) while Pogba and his agent would lay their hands on the rest 25 million euros ($27.5 million).
Agent Raiola will reportedly be in Manchester on Wednesday to meet with Woodward and chief coach Jose Mourinho to negotiate the terms of the contract, which is expected to run for five years if signed.