It has been the on-off saga that has dominated this summer’s transfer window, dragging on and on with perpetual media reports of a deal to be closed "in the coming hours" or an announcement to be made "within 48 hours". Yet still, as of right now, Paul Pogba is not a Manchester United player.
But could all of that be about to change? Could today be the day that it finally happens? The Telegraph seems to think so.
In a report published late last night (3 August), James Ducker claims that United have finally reached an agreement with Juventus over a deal which could see Pogba costing as much as £100 million, once add-ons and the fee due to the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, has been figured in.
Such a fee would smash the current world transfer record set by Gareth Bale’s £85.3 million switch from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid on 2013.
Ducker also claims that the deal could even be announced by the club prior to Sunday’s Community Shield Shield fixture, which sees United take on Premier League champions Leicester City at Wembley Stadium.
New United manager José Mourinho identified Pogba as one of his four key transfer targets this summer, and after the captures of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Portuguese coach could be about to secure the man he feels can transform the Red Devils into title contenders.
So, by all accounts, it appears the wait might almost be over, and Pogba will be a United player once again before the beginning of next week — here’s hoping.