Well, it finally looks like the longest transfer sage of the summer will come to an end at the start of this week. That’s because Manchester United have confirmed that Paul Pogba is due to hold a medical with the club ahead of his world record transfer to the English side.
Manchester United’s new manager Jose Mourinho has already been waxing lyrical about Paul Pogba ahead of his imminent arrival at Old Trafford, insisting that it is “amazing” that the French midfielder is returning to the club that he left for nothing back in 2012.
During the post-match press conference following Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Sunday, which saw the Red Devils clinch the Community Shield, Mourinho finally flatly admitted that Pogba’s return to Manchester United will, almost certainly, occur.
After being quizzed about Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United, Mourinho told BT Sport, via ESPN, “I think so, finally. It’s an amazing situation that such a great player is with us. Finally we have him.”
It’s almost there…
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Mourinho was also bullish about the recent success that Manchester United have achieved, insisting that Pogba is arriving at a club that are on an upward curve. While United have not realistically challenged for the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired back in 2013, Louis Van Gaal’s last act as Manchester United manager saw him claim the FA Cup, while Mourinho’s first competitive game in control of United saw them beat last season’s championship winners Leicester City to win the Community Shield.
This success provoked Mourinho to insist, “He comes to a winning side, who have won the Cup Final and the Community Shield. He has to work hard to come to the team. I only heard this information just before the game.”
But how much is Paul Pogba going to eventually cost Manchester United? Well, it’s a world record breaking deal, as United have had to spend £95 million to claim the French midfielder. That’s £10 million more than the previous world record transfer fee, which Real Madrid had to spend to purchase Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur.
However, there’s one extra caveat to Manchester United’s deal to secure Paul Pogba, as it’s also been revealed that they’ll have to spend £20 million on agent fees. This amount is usually split between the two clubs, but Juventus were adamant that Manchester United cover these expenses in order to secure Pogba’s services.
But Jose Mourinho is insistent that Pogba is worth such an amount, while the Portuguese coach also believes that playing at Old Trafford and in the Premier League will easily get the best out of him, too, and he has even suggested that he’ll now go on to become one of the best players in the world.
“United is the perfect club to bring him to the level he wants to be,” continued Mourinho. “The Premier League is the perfect habitat for that. If you want to be the best player in the world, if you go to Barcelona or Real Madrid you are in trouble because I don’t think the other two big guys will let you.” The big guys that Mourinho referred to are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Mourinho continued, “Here he is in the most seen, worldwide, championship which is absolutely incredible, with a team which wants to bring Manchester United to the top again. We have everything to give him and we know the reasons why he wants to come to us. Money he would get at any big club. He comes because he knows the club, knows the city, many of the players and wants to be an important part of the project. Hopefully everything goes well.”
Mourinho believes that Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United will finally be completed on Tuesday.
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