After weeks of negotiations, United have completed the 100m deal while Paul Pogba was holidaying in the US and it’s believed the Juventus hitman will be officially announced before the start of upcoming Premier League season.
Jose Mourinho hinted ahead of Wayne Rooney’s testimonial on Wednesday that he wanted the world record deal concluded by the end of this week and, as per Manchester Evening News, United have succeeded in doing so.
The 23-year-old French star decided to rejoin the Red Devils a fortnight ago and his move was finalised exactly four years to the day since his Old Trafford departure was confirmed by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Pogba was understood to prefer a move to Real Madrid but Raiola advised him on rejoining United.
Zinedine Zidane also lobbied Real president Florentino Perez to sign Pogba but the Champions League winners were reluctant to match United’s fee.
Manchester United are believed to have agreed personal terms with Raiola in early July and reached a breakthrough in negotiations with Juventus over Raiola’s commission last week.
United have already clinched the signings of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Mourinho confirmed back in May he wanted to strengthen four positions during his maiden press conference.
If Mourinho can get the best out of Pogba then United have the prospect of a unique talent hitting his stride at Manchester United, which has not happened since Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosion 10 years ago.
He could deliver the Premier League, help them towards the Champions League, and re-establish United’s place at the peak of the European game. In doing so Mourinho would prove himself to be still relevant, still powerful, even as he approaches his mid-50s.
Pogba is naturally gifted, even more, emblematic of the new generation of footballers. Like most young players, he is obsessed by the prospect of winning the Ballon d’Or and has spent his whole career telling friends how much he wants it. “His objective is the Ballon d’Or,” admitted his personal trainer, Didier Reiss, last year, “and he will leave no stone unturned to get there.”
This is a common attitude for talented players of Pogba’s generation, who have grown up in the era of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.