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Jose Mourinho plans Manchester United clearout to fund £100m Pogba transfer

By Samuel Stevens

Manchester United have 'reached an agreement' with the agent of Paul Pogba to pay the Frenchman £11.5m-a-year if he completes a world-record £100m switch from Juventus.

Mino Raiola, Pogba's agent, is building strong ties at Old Trafford having also facilitated for the arrivals of both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer. According to sources, the Italian-born Dutchman is keen to secure his client a return to United.

Real Madrid are also believed to be keen on luring Pogba to Spain but they have been put off by the astronomical valuation put on his head by Juventus.

Led by Mourinho, United are desperate to reaffirm their status as a football super-power and are prepared to back up their intentions with the required cash.

The new United manager disclosed during his first press-conference since replacing Louis van Gaal last week that he set out a four-pronged transfer strategy this summer. Having completed deals for Eric Bailly, Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan already, Pogba is the last piece of the jigsaw.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Mourinho is prepared to offload up to eight first-team players to finance the move for Pogba.

Acorrding to reports Marcos Rojo, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger are most at risk of a cull.

Juan Mata, the former Chelsea midfielder, is also expected to leave with Everton and Sevilla thought to be among his many suitors. Memphis Depay, Daley Blind and Adnan Januzaj also face sleepless nights as Mourinho gets to work at Carrington.

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