Friday 23 March 2018

Manchester United release statement confirming Paul Pogba is 'finalising' move to Old Trafford

Paul Pogba will undergo a medical with Manchester United
Paul Pogba will undergo a medical with Manchester United

Manchester United have confirmed that Paul Pogba will finalise his move to the club after Juventus gave the Frenchman permission to undergo a medical at Old Trafford.

"Paul Pogba has been granted permission to have a medical in order to finalise his transfer from Juventus to Manchester United," read a United statement.

Juventus have granted Pogba permission to have a medical with United ahead of a reported €110million transfer.

Juve officials confirmed to Press Association Sport that the France international has been given the green light to undergo fitness checks as his proposed world-record switch back to Old Trafford edges closer.

The Italian champions are currently in London, where they are playing West Ham in a friendly to mark the opening of the London Stadium.

Pogba, 23, is not with his team-mates as he is still on leave following his exertions at Euro 2016.

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But the midfielder is due back in Italy for training on Monday, while Juve officials could not confirm exactly when the medical will take place.

Last week Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri told a press conference ahead of the Hammers clash that Pogba "has been training in Vinovo".

He added: "It makes no sense at the moment talking about potential replacements for Pogba because, right now, Pogba is a Juventus player."

However, it now appears Juve are resigned to losing the player they picked up for nothing when he left United in 2012.

A deal appeared close on Friday when Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho said a big signing could be expected over the next few days.

Mourinho mentioned trying to close their transfer dealings before August 14, and that the club are "going to get a very good midfield player", while adding: "Pogba is a Juventus player until officially he isn't."

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