Jose Mourinho was uncharacteristically coy when he spoke to the media about Manchester United’s transfer business. The burning question on reporters lips was given short shrift; Paul Pogba, 25, is a Juventus player and Mourinho wasn’t about to start talking about him now.
The French international is due back at pre-season training tomorrow in Turin and his return to Italy is expected to be the catalyst for the record-breaking transfer to be completed.
The protracted saga has hit hitches before, most recently over the £20m fees due to Mino Raiola, Pogba’s agent. United agreed to foot that bill, bringing the two clubs to an agreement. The midfielder though was on holiday in the United States and not ready to play his part in the deal and be formally presented as a returning hero.
Mourinho had hoped to give Pogba his debut in today’s Community Shield clash with Premier League champions Leicester City at Wembley. That will have to wait and it is questionable whether he would be match fit for the opening day fixture at Bournemouth.
In keeping with the drama of the deal, a final hiccup was to be expected. Enough time for Pogba to post pictures on social media handing over Juventus scarves and signing Manchester United shirts. But supporters may not fear, as Manchester United posted on their official site that Pogba had been given permission to have a medical at the club.
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