Man United set to unveil £99m signing, squad number assigned, deal to be announced this weekPublished July 27, 2016
Manchester United are primed and ready to complete the re-signing of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba with a deal set to be completed in a matter of days.
The ever reliable Sport Witness claim a deal ‘won’t take long to be announced’ and the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain in Turin would appear to further such speculation.
Juventus have spent a massive £75.3m on Higuain and some would argue this is amounts to a tacit admission that a big player sale is in the offing and 23-year-old is known to be a genuine Old Trafford target.
Numbers relating to the deal are being bounded about with ESPN (via Balls.ie) stating that Juventus expect to secure a fee of £99m for the player, by some distance a new transfer record, whilst Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola will pocket a cool £20m which will be footed by Manchester United.
Pogba will put pen to paper on a five-year deal worth £250k a week which would put him on par with club captain Wayne Rooney.
Perhaps another ‘tacit’ admission that a deal is near comes in the form of Manchester United’s recently announced squad numbers.
A keen eye will spot that the number six is vacant. Now Pogba currently adorns the number ten shirt but Wayne Rooney is sure as hell not likely to give that up and a number six shirt is perhaps more in keeping with a central midfielder. And there is plenty of talk suggesting this will indeed be the number the French international is given, should a deal be completed.
Back on course
Jose Mourinho has certainly been backed heavily in the transfer market with Manchester United’s board clearly feeling the time is right to spend big, having seen David Moyes and Louis van Gaal fail to steer the club back to the level they became accustomed to during Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the highest profile signing thus far though the Swedish international didn’t cost a penny, and Mourinho has already spent big to bring in Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Villarreal and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
Manchester United’s decision to allow Pogba to leave on a free transfer, albeit Juventus having to pay a nominal compensatory fee, when his contract with the club expired in the summer of 2012 has clearly cost the club a great deal of money.
Moves to re-sign the player however should pay off. Pogba has great sell-on value, should he leave the club for a second time, and there is no denying the ability the player possesses.
Pogba has won Serie A titles in each of his four seasons in Italy, helping Juventus to a Champions League final in 2014/15 and leading the assist-making charts for the Italian top tier in 2015/16. He’s a player on an upward climb and has the best years ahead of him.
Mourinho will look to build a side around Pogba and this could well help to usher in a new era of real success at the club.