Paul Pogba will be formally announced as a Manchester United player on Tuesday.
That is according to The Guardian, who also report that the midfielder completed his medical at the club’s training ground on Monday afternoon.
The 23-year-old will return to the club he left in 2012, having developed into a world-class player at Juventus. For that reason, Jose Mourinho is prepared to pay €110 million (£93.2m) to make him the most expensive player in football history.
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Pogba left Old Trafford after becoming disillusioned following a lack of first-team football under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Juventus, under the management of Antonio Conte, offered Pogba the chance to fulfil his immense potential in Turin. It was an opportunity the talented young Frenchman grasped with both hands.
But now he’s back at United. After being snapped arriving at the Red Devils’ Carrington training base, a picture has emerged on social media of the France international wearing United gear and posing, rather oddly, in the club’s laundry room.
Clearly, he wants to say hello to the laundry ladies before greeting his new teammates. Nothing wrong with that.
United fans react
Here’s how Manchester United fans have reacted to the image, which confirms that an announcement is imminent.
One of the best
During his four years in Italy, Pogba won the Serie A title at the end of every season. He also lifted the Coppa Italia twice and helped the Old Lady reach the Champions League final in 2014-15.
Furthermore, he established his status as one of the best players on the planet - not to mention the world’s most sought-after central midfielder.
Pogba, who scored eight goals and registered 12 assists in 33 Serie A appearances for Juventus last term, will be expected to hit the ground running due to his astronomical transfer fee.
When's the debut?
He hasn’t had a pre-season - the Frenchman spent his summer living it up in the United States - so it appears unlikely Pogba will make his debut in United’s Premier League opener against Bournemouth on Sunday.
But you can bet your bottom dollar that he will be starting against Southampton on August 19.
Mourinho: United should be proud
After watching his team win the Community Shield on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Leicester City, Mourinho said United should be proud to set a new transfer record.
“I honestly don’t know the exact amount of money we have paid for Pogba, though if it is a new world record I don’t think we need to be sad about that. Real Madrid were not sad when they set a new record for Gareth Bale, they were proud,” the Portuguese said.
“It is a lot of money of course but football is a crazy industry, and very often what seems expensive now does not seem so bad in three years or so. I know we are getting a very good player and I think United is the perfect club to bring him to the level he wants to be at.
“We want to bring Manchester United to the top again and if you want to be the best player in the world this is the club to join. We have everything to offer him and he is coming because he knows the club and the city and he wants to be a part of the Manchester United project.”
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