France midfielder Paul Pogba reportedly arrived Manchester on Monday, August 8th, to complete his record-breaking transfer to Manchester United from Juventus, British media reported.
Sky Sports News reported that the 23-year-old had flown to Manchester from Nice in a private jet and would undergo a medical at United’s Aon Training Complex.
Reports suggest United have agreed to pay Juventus a world-record fee of £89m ($116.4m, €105m) to sign Pogba, not including agents’ fees.
United and Juventus confirmed on Sunday August 7th, that Pogba, who has been on holiday since Euro 2016, has been granted permission to undergo a medical by the Turin club.
He is reportedly expected to be officially confirmed as a United player on Tuesday or Wednesday, August 9th or 10th as the case may be.
Pogba left United in 2012 after making just seven appearances, but returns as one of the world’s most famous players after winning four consecutive Serie A titles in Italy.
He will eclipse Gareth Bale as the world’s most expensive player. The Welsh forward cost Real Madrid around £85m when he joined from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.
United manager Jose Mourinho hailed Pogba’s arrival following his team’s 2-1 win over Leicester City in Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley.
“I don’t think Real Madrid were upset when they broke the record with Gareth Bale, with Cristiano (Ronaldo),”.
When other people break records, I don’t think it’s a reason to be sad. I think it’s a reason to be proud with the dimension of a club that can do that and can attract players of this dimension.”
Pogba will become United’s fourth close-season signing after Ivorian centre-back Eric Bailly, Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.