Done Deal – Paul Pogba Shirt Number Already Assigned

Adidas have a vested interest in how the biggest transfer saga of the summer concludes, certainly more than most. Manchester United and Paul Pogba represents a match made in heaven for the German sports giant; one of the planet’s most popular players appearing in United’s famous red shirt? The financial implications are gigantic, and if a certain Twitter user is to be believed, Adidas are already preparing for Pogba to complete the move.

As reported in The Express, Twitter user @iam_mo spotted the image below whilst in an Adidas store in Paris.

The image confirms the suspicion that Juventus are preparing for life without Pogba by giving his number 10 shirt to Paulo Dybala, the highly-rated Argentine striker. This might not be conclusive proof that a deal to bring the Frenchman back to Old Trafford is in its final stages but it certainly feels like another small part of the puzzle has fallen into place with the new season so close.

Of course, James Ducker’s report in The Telegraph, posted last night after Wayne Rooney’s testimonial at Old Trafford between United and Everton is even more conclusive, suggesting that a deal is indeed just around the corner. Jose Mourinho was asked about Pogba last night by BT Sport, and offered the following response:

‘”We are going to sign one more player, that’s for sure,” Mourinho said on Wednesday night. “I don’t want to speak about Paul because he’s a Juventus player and I don’t like other managers speaking about my players. I don’t speak about their players but the reality is we are going to sign one more player.”‘

The identity of that one player is anything but a secret at this stage, and the drawn-out nature of the deal has certainly worn the patience of the United faithful thin this season. Of course, one of the things seemingly getting in the way of the deal being completed quicker is Pogba’s extended holiday after his exertions for France in Euro 2016. UEFA rules stipulate players must take a three week break before returning to their club after an international tournament, and whilst Pogba’s compatriots Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin have both returned to training, both played small roles for their country under Didier Deschamps this summer.

Still, the news on Dybala’s new number is positive for Pogba’s chances of finally sealing a move to Old Trafford, especially with United’s first Premier League fixture against Bournemouth just around the corner.