Paul Pogba could be a Manchester United player by the end of the week.
There are varying reports about how close the transfer is to completion - the Daily Mail claim he has completed a medical, while the Manchester Evenings News believe a deal hasn’t yet been agreed between United and Juventus but is “getting close”.
But it would take a major collapse in talks for the deal to collapse at this point.
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He will become the most expensive player in history, joining United for £100 million - with an additional £20m payment to Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola - as Jose Mourinho continues to revamp his new team.
The United boss claimed he was seeking four new players and Pogba will become his fourth summer signing. Yet supporters wouldn’t complain about seeing another arrival before the August 31 deadline.
United supporters are confident that this is the end of their three-year hiatus among the Premier League’s big boys. They’ve seen David Moyes and Louis van Gaal try and dismally fail to continue in Sir Alex Ferguson’s wake but with Mourinho and Pogba on board, not only should England be worried, but the whole of Europe.
Pogba has spent the past few days in the United States, playing basketball with Romelu Lukaku and teaming up with Antoine Griezmann and former NFL star Chad Johnson to play football and basketball.
A Man United fan spotted Pogba
During his summer break - although, there clearly wasn’t much rest - Pogba was spotted by a United fan in Los Angeles.
Reddit user ‘the_fanciest_pj’ posted a picture to United’s subreddit of himself with the 23-year-old, even recalling how their conversation went down.
Unfortunately, the supporter was too overawed to ask Pogba the all-important question: Are you a Manchester United player?
“Me and my gf in Beverly Hills,” the post begins. “I want to die because I hate that place. I'm in a s*** mood just trying to make my gf happy.
“Me see him, squeeze my girlfriends arm off.
“Me: "P... Paul? Can I have a picture?"
“Me: "No you're not Paul Pogba? Or no I can't have a picture?"
“Paul: "Just kidding. Come here."
“Me: "(weird noises I think)."
“Picture is taken.
“Me: "Thank you! I'm a massive Man U fan."
“That's it guys. That's how it went. Had I not been nervous I would have tried to talk more. But I very consciously try not to bother famous people and he had like 8 big friends with him.”
Come on, ‘the_fanciest_pj’. You had the chance to break the biggest transfer story of the summer and you messed it up!