The longest-running transfer saga of the summer is looking ever closer to completion, as reports claim that Paul Pogba will be flying to Manchester this weekend to complete his move back to the club.
The press have been awash with different announcement date for Pogba but it is our believe that the announcement has been delayed mainly because the player has been on holiday in the United States.
However, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has stated that he expects the 24-year-old to return to training on Monday which means his holiday is over and both clubs can finally announce the deal is done – if it is as the media would have you believe.
Speaking ahead of his side’s friendly against West Ham United on Sunday, August 7, Alegri said: “Mourinho rightly says he’s not talking about Pogba because he’s a Juventus player.
“I’ve summoned Pogba together with [Patrice] Evra [to report for preseason duty] tomorrow night, so that means he has training here in Vinovo on Monday.
“It makes no sense at the moment talking about potential replacements for Pogba because, right now, Pogba is a Juventus player.”
Reports of the on-off transfer have dominated football headlines this summer, and Pogba has being consistently adding fuel to the fire by posting cryptic messages on his social media accounts.
Mourinho will be hoping to complete the signing of Pogba sooner rather than later, as with the Premier League scheduled to start next weekend, he will want to give the talented midfielder a chance to settle in and train with the rest of the squad ahead of United’s opening fixture at Bournemouth.
United fans have been on tenterhooks throughout the saga, as they look forward to the mouth-watering prospect of one of the world’s best midfielders linking up with one of the world’s most prolific strikers, in Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Pundits and fans have consistently said that Manchester United have lacked a box-to-box midfielder of world-class calibre since the retirement of Paul Scholes, and the replacements that subsequent managers have signed, such as Marouane Fellaini and Bastian Schweinsteiger, have been underwhelming, at best.
In Mourinho’s first term as Manchester United manager, he will be looking to revive his stalled managerial career, which saw him sacked as Chelsea boss after a disappointing campaign which saw them sitting 16th in the division, only seven months after winning the Premier League. He already has the majority of fans on his side – many of which were sceptical about his appointment – after securing the signing of Ibrahimovic and Valencia centre-back Eric Bailly, as well as some promising performances from the team in pre-season.