TURIN, Italy, Aug 7- Manchester United and Juventus have finally reached an agreement over the transfer of Paul Pogba, with the Serie A champions confirming the midfielder has been given permission to have a medical with the club.
The 23-year-old has been at the centre of speculation all summer, but looks to be edging ever closer to a world record return to Old Trafford – four years after leaving on a free transfer.
The reports claim that Pogba will cost Manchester United Sh14.6bn with performance related add-ons and agent fees taking the total fee to Sh17.2bn.
Speaking to the media on Friday, Mourinho addressed the issue and hinted that the deal could be completed soon.
Asked if there is one more big signing on the way to Old Trafford, he replied: “Yes. We have 22 now and we are going to have 23. Paul Pogba is a Juventus player until officially he isn’t. We stay like this but, honestly, the market closes on August 31 but I think my club is trying to do everything to close our market before August 14. Normally next week we will have our squad closed.”
Meanwhile, former Manchester United winger Nani has given Pogba’s return his seal of approval, and he expects the player to thrive at the second attempt under his compatriot Mourinho.
“Pogba is a great player, there’s not doubt about it,’ Nani told Sky Sports. ‘The numbers today are different, how much clubs pay for players.”
“I don’t want to talk about numbers but the player is a fantastic player. Any team who buys him will be very well served.”