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Ed Woodward, the chief executive of the Manchester United has begun negotiations in the last 48 hours that could see Paul Pogba return to Old Trafford in a world record deal worth £100m, according to Sky Sports.

Juventus want to keep hold of the 23-year-old, but would find it hard to resist such a deal, which would see Pogba earning up to £300,000 a week.

The player is also being courted by Real Madrid with our Spanish football expert Guillem Balague saying head coach Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez believe the player wants to come to the Bernabeu.

Pogba and his representatives are keen that any significant progress should happen only once the French Euro 2016 campaign is concluded.

France take on Germany in the semi-finals in Marseille on Thursday night, with the final in Paris on Sunday.

Woodward will be familiar with negotiations with Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, having recently concluded the transfers of both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Mkhitaryan, both of whom are represented by the Dutch-based, Italian-born lawyer.

Raiola also represents the likes of Mario Balotelli and Romelu Lukaku.

United manager Jose Mourinho now has just one of his four summer targets left to pursue.

Were he to fail to land Pogba, United are rumoured to be keen to turn their attentions to Pogba’s French team-mate, Blaise Matuidi – who is also represented by Raiola.