Paul Pogba has flown to Manchester and will have his medical at Manchester United’s Aon Training Complex on Monday.
It was announced on Sunday that a deal between United and Juventus had been agreed for Pogba, 23, and the final hurdle was the French midfielder passing a medical.
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Manchester United’s new manager Jose Mourinho praised Pogba following United’s 2-1 Community Shield victory over Leicester City at Wembley on Sunday but refused to reveal if the transfer fee for the rangy midfielder was a world record.
Multiple reports now claim that the transfer fee is a new world record fee of $116 million (£89 million) which surpasses the £86 million Real Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur for Gareth Bale back in the summer of 2013.
United’s summer long pursuit of Pogba is finally reaching a conclusion and he will become the fourth signing of the Mourinho era.
After center Eric Bailly, playmaker Henrik Mkhitaryan and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived this summer, Pogba is the fourth and most influential piece of the jigsaw Mourinho is carefully constructing.
Is he worth a world record fee? Probably not but the investment is a long-term one and United can certainly afford it with their huge revenue streams from commercial deals and interest from around the globe. This is also a statement to the rest of the PL and Europe from United as they are flexing their financial muscles with yet another summer spending spree.
It is a lot of money for a player who probably won’t lead the scoring or assist charts in the Premier League but Pogba’s power and drive from central midfield will be key in Mourinho’s rebuild of United. If Pogba is allowed to run free in central areas and the shackles are off (unlike this summer when France’s manager Didier Deschamps played him in a holding role) then United will see him at his best.
He is still raw and doesn’t dominate as many games as he probably should but his potential is sky-high. His first touch, passing and vision is sublime for a towering giant and his overall game and athleticism epitomizes the very essence of the modern player. Against Leicester on Sunday it was evident that United still lack a spark in central midfield and even though they’ve had to pay way over the odds to get him, Pogba fits the bill for what they need.
Mourinho has constructed a new powerful spine at United with Bailly, Pogba and Ibrahimovic suited to the rigors and intensity of the Premier League. Now, it’s time to see how they gel together.
BTW, here is a little note from Manchester Airport as they revealed that Pogba touched down in Manchester on Monday morning.