Paul Pogba rolls into Manchester United's Carrington training ground amid a flurry of activity and an entourage to match his proposed £110m move. So what has taken so long?
At the age of 23, he has already won four Italian league titles with Juventus, reached the Champions League final and helped France reach the final of Euro 2016.
Jake Cohen ( a lawyer) commented:
"You have the buying club discussing a deal with the selling club and then also with the player. It's not just about the transfer fee but there can be add-ons, a sell-on clause, performance-based bonuses. Then you have to agree how the transfer will be paid. The higher the fee, the more protracted the stakes."
It is believed his agent Raiola will earn a reputed $26m from the deal. Agents fees have come under the spotlight in the past and should be secondary to any negotiations but they will want paying. According to the Football League Manchester United paid out over £10m in agents fees, so could this be the sticking block in what would be the biggest deal in transfer history?
Other news would be how they are feeling in the board room having let the teenager go in 2012 to Turin. Alex Ferguson has probably raised a few eyebrows over this deal over a glass or two!
Though it looks a done deal, Spanish newspapers suggested Real is still harboring hope of luring the player to Madrid.