Manchester United have been granted permission by Juventus for Paul Pogba to undergo his medical to complete a £100 million move to the Old Trafford club, four years after his departure from the club after the expiry of his contract, of which £800,000 was paid by the Italian club in compensation. The 23-year-old French midfielder has been linked with a return to Manchester for the entire summer, with many expecting Real Madrid to get involved and lure the player to the Santiago Bernabeu instead, but the Spanish side was not keen to match the money on offer from United. On Friday during his Managers Press Conference, Jose Mourinho had stated that he wants a deal for his fourth summer signing to be completed by the 14th August, the day Manchester United take on Bournemouth in the Premier League away from home.
Pogba has been in the United States of America this summer, spending time in Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas and New York before heading back to Europe. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri stated on Saturday that Pogba would be due back in Vinovo for pre-season training on Sunday night, ready to train on Monday. He said:
“[Jose] Mourinho rightly says he’s not talking about [Paul] Pogba because he’s a Juventus player. I’ve summoned Pogba together with [Patrice] Evra [to report for pre-season duty] tomorrow night, so that means he has training here in Vinovo on Monday. It makes no sense at the moment talking about potential replacements for Pogba because, right now, Pogba is a Juventus player.”
Pogba played in the European Championships in France this summer, losing in the final to Portugal nearly a month ago. The Frenchman played for United for three years in their Academy, given a chance in the first team, although not to his liking, in his final season – choosing to leave the club rather than sign a new contract, signing for Juventus instead and becoming the player he has become today. Pogba is one of the best young midfielders in Europe, if not the world, so if he continues his development under Mourinho, he could be one of the best players in the world in the years to come. Bryan Robson, one of Manchester United’s greatest ever midfielders spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek saying:
“He is the type of player we need. He is similar to Yaya Toure in the sense he is very good going forward and can score spectacular goals.”
Manchester United have now confirmed that Pogba will be undergoing a medical to return to the club, which I am sure will leave lots of Juventus supporters saying ‘he wasn’t good enough anyway’, ‘United spent £100 million on a player we got for free’ or other comments which will only confirm that they are bitter about losing one of the best midfielders in Europe right now. United didn’t spend a massive fee on a 29-year-old who chokes in final’s though, so it is not all bad! Manchester United’s rival fans will be moaning about the deal ‘United are buying the league again’, ‘spending £100 million on a player they let go for nothing shows desperation’ and suchlike. This underlines the fact the fear factor and the hate for United will continue to grow throughout the season. Come on UNITED!