Paul Pogba moved another step closer to rejoining Manchester United yesterday as he arrived at the club’s training ground for a medical ahead of his proposed world-record switch from Juventus.
A day on from United announcing the France midfielder had been granted permission to have the medical in order finalise the much-anticipated deal, Pogba entered the Aon Training Complex in Carrington in a red and black Chevrolet at around 12.15pm.
His arrival in the country had been signalled around half an hour earlier by a tweet from Manchester Airport.
A fee of €105m has been agreed, a figure that beats the estimated £85m (€100m) that Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013 in what is the current world-record transfer.
It is expected, if all goes well with the medical, that an official announcement that Pogba is once again a United player will follow either today or tomorrow.
The 23-year-old left United and joined Juventus in 2012 having made just seven senior appearances in all competitions for the Premier League club, all from the bench.
Since then he has helped Juve win four Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia twice and reach the 2014-15 Champions League final.
He was also part of the France side who finished runners-up at Euro 2016.
After Sunday’s 2-1 Community Shield victory over Leicester, United boss Jose Mourinho — who has already signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitarayan and Eric Bailly following his appointment to the role in May — said he felt Pogba was coming to the “perfect” place for him to become the best player in the world.
And regarding the announcement that had come earlier that day, Red Devils defender Luke Shaw said: “After seeing that there was a good mood around the squad.
“It is another player to fit in our strong squad, there’ll be people fighting for places now and that’s what you need at a top club like Man United to push us all on to win more trophies.”
Former United defender Gary Neville, who was with the club when Pogba was first at United, said: “I think it’s important they sign players of stature and personality.
“And I think now with Zlatan and Pogba, there are players who will stick their shoulders out and have the strength of personality and character which I think United have lacked in the last two or three years.
“You need big shoulders and guts to play for Manchester United and I think the idea of Zlatan and of Pogba returning there is big on the personality front.”
Ex-Valencia boss Neville added: “I think it is a big fee, but the Premier League was losing players left, right and centre to Spain, all the grade A players.
“We couldn’t entice players to come here and we couldn’t keep them when we had the best ones.
“At least now it looks like we are signing a player who would be regarded as a top signing of the summer.”
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