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Pogba's move to United keeps being put on hold.

Man Utd to announce Paul Pogba deal before medical and signing of contract

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Just when you thought Paul Pogba and Manchester United's exhausting transfer saga was about to come to an end, it takes another twist.

Recent reports suggested a deal had been struck after the Frenchman 'completed a medical in Los Angeles' and agreed to a contract worth £290,000-per-week, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

Instead, it would appear Pogba's visit to LA merely involved a routine check up, with a contract yet to be signed.

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So confident are the Red Devils of securing the France international, though, that they could make a somewhat premature announcement.

This is according to the Telegraph, who claim United are expected to reveal their agreement to sign Pogba from Juventus before he even completes a medical and signs a contract.

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Now that's desperate.

In doing so, United will be giving clarity to the saga but risking humiliation at the same time.

It's unlikely, of course, but who's to say the deal won't collapse and Pogba ends up staying at Juventus for the 2016/17 campaign.

Jose Mourinho wants to push through the deal before United's clash with Leicester City in the Community Shield on Sunday but his chances of doing so are slight.

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Why exactly the deal is prolonging to such an extent is unknown but considering just how much money is involved, it's perhaps understandable.

Both United and Juventus will want to iron out every fine detail before making official announcements - after all, this is football's first ever £100 million-plus move we're talking about.

In fact, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, per The Sun, Pogba's return to Old Trafford will set United back a grand total of - are you ready for this? - £226 million.

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That's including the £112 million transfer sum, agent fees and wages over the course of Pogba's lucrative five-year contract.

In spending so much money on one player, United are taking a huge gamble that could backfire depending on the degree of success achieved over the next three seasons.

Should they fail to win the Premier League title during that time, despite having also signed Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pogba will undoubtedly be regarded as football's most expensive flop.

Only time will tell.

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