In a seemingly never-ending sea of updates regarding Paul Pogba, The Express have added another of their own in the last 24 hours, suggesting that Pogba could be in London for Manchester United’s Community Shield clash with Leicester City this Sunday.
This is under the proviso that United are able to seal a deal for Pogba over the next three days, which is hardly impossible, but given how frequently outlets have insisted that this deal will be completed either in 48 hours, or even the deal being sealed in ‘a matter of hours’, it’s difficult to take such claims completely seriously.
The Express do have some interesting information on the figures surrounding the deal, at least:
“A £112million fee with Juventus and a contract worth around £275,000 a week are understood to have been agreed.”
The £112m fee mentioned would make this deal the biggest transfer in footballing history by some distance, beating the £86m that Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale in 2013 by £26m.
Should he move, Pogba is likely to take over the number 6 shirt at United, but would potentially be unavailable for United’s first match of the Premier League season against Bournemouth on Sunday 14th August, at least not as a starter, meaning his debut under Jose Mourinho would more likely come at Old Trafford against Southampton on Friday 19th.
Had Pogba been watching United’s match with Everton on Wednesday night, then he may have seen the reasons for his former club chasing his signature laid bare. Granted, the night was in aid of Wayne Rooney’s foundation, as it was his testimonial game but United struggled to conjure anything of note against Ronald Norman’s side.
Admittedly, Mourinho will point towards the need for fitness over form when it comes to pre-season, but there was a lack of fluency and potency in attack inparticular, which wasn’t helped by how ponderous United were in midfield. Pogba’s presence should certainly aid that, with his power and skill potentially proving a welcome tonic to United’s struggles in linking midfield and attack, which was a key issue during Louis van Gaal’s time in charge.
The night was a first for several of United’s squad, at least, with Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all making their debuts at Old Trafford for United last night. Pogba himself is no stranger to the Theatre of Dreams, having been a part of United’s youth set-up from 2009 to 2012 having been purchased from Le Havre.