Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed talks to sell Paul Pogba to Manchester United are ongoing. Ahead of his team's International Champions Cup tie against Atletico Madrid, the Serie A head coach was asked for an update regarding Pogba's proposed move to Old Trafford.
Ahead of his team's International Champions Cup tie against Atletico Madrid, the Serie A head coach was asked for an update regarding Pogba's proposed move to Old Trafford.
He told the Daily Mail: "Pogba is a Juventus player at the moment but we don't know what is going to happen. The club are looking after negotiations."
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It is the first concrete response a journalist has managed to get from someone close to the deal. Jose Mourinho has long hinted that a move for Pogba is in the offing but has chosen his words very carefully thus far.
Allegri, however, left us in little doubt as to whether the Frenchman is the subject of a world record transfer bid from the Premier League outfit.
Reports would have us believe that Pogba is set to become the world's most expensive footballer with Manchester United ready to fork out £100million to bring him back to the club four years after he left.
Mourinho mind games
Mourinho, who is currently on tour with his new team in Shanghai, was equivocal when discussing those reports earlier this week.
He recently said: "I don’t speak about players from other clubs. He’s a Juventus player. If any club wants one of my players and it speaks about him I would not be happy. So Paul Pogba is a Juve player and what we are trying to do we are trying to do in an honest, correct, institutional way.
"The only thing I can say to you is we did 75 per cent of our market. We established four important target profiles – not faces but profiles – and we got three of them at the very early stage of the market."
But despite Mourinho dancing around the subject, there is believed to be supreme confidence in the club that Pogba will eventually sign. Their release of next season's shirt numbers paid homage to that.
The squad numbers were released on Twitter earlier this week and clearly showed the No.6, Pogba's preferred number, as being vacant. With the transfer now so far down the road, it would be nothing short of an embarrassment for Ed Woodward if the deal does not go through.