Pogba set for Man Utd med­i­cal

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MANCH­ESTER UNITED are on the brink of re-sign­ing Paul Pogba from Ju­ven­tus in a deal worth over £100m ($131m).

United will pay a world record £89m (105m euros) trans­fer fee, with other costs such as agents fees to be added.

Pogba will have a med­i­cal in the next few days with the deal due to be com­pleted in mid­week.

The 23-year-old, who left United for £1.5m in 2012, is set to re­turn for a fee that sur­passes Gareth Bale’s £85m move to Real Madrid in 2013.

The Old Trafford club still have to agree per­sonal terms with the France mid­fielder, although that is ex­pected to be a for­mal­ity.

United boss Jose Mour­inho said on Fri­day he wanted the deal to be done by the time his side play their open­ing Pre­mier League game at Bournemouth on Au­gust 14.

In four sea­sons in Turin Pogba, who helped France reach the Euro 2016 fi­nal, won four league ti­tles.

He is Jose Mour­inho’s fourth sign­ing at United, after Eric Bailly, Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan.

It is the first time in 20 years an English club will have paid a world record fee.

New­cas­tle United were the last to do so when they spent £15m sign­ing Eng­land striker Alan Shearer from Black­burn Rovers.

Pogba joined United from French club Le Havre in 2009 as a 16-year-old, but made just a hand­ful of ap­pear­ances be­fore his con­tract ex­pired in July 2012.

Pogba has made 178 ap­pear­ances for Ju­ven­tus, scor­ing 34 goals, and helped the club reach the 2015 Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal. The Serie A side had of­fered him a new con­tract, while Real Madrid were also in­ter­ested in sign­ing him.

Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, also rep­re­sents striker Ibrahi­movic, who signed for United on a free trans­fer from Paris St-Ger­main, and mid­fielder Mkhi­taryan, who joined from Borus­sia Dort­mund.

In Au­gust 2011, then United man­ager Six Alex Ferguson de­scribed Pogba as a “young boy” who was “show­ing great prom­ise”.

He said: “If we hold Pogba back, what’s go­ing to hap­pen? He’s go­ing to leave. So we have to give him the op­por­tu­nity to see how he can do in the first team and he’s got great abil­ity, plus he’s got the physique and ath­leti­cism.”

How­ever, later that year, with Paul Scholes re­tired, Owen Har­g­reaves leav­ing and Dar­ren Fletcher in­jured, Brazil­ian full-back Rafael was pre­ferred to Pogba in mid­field, a de­ci­sion the French­man later said “dis­gusted” him.

Scholes came out of re­tire­ment aged 37 in Jan­uary 2012, and Pogba said: “I didn’t want to sign a con­tract as Ferguson didn’t play me, even though there were no mid­field­ers there.

“I was frustrated be­cause he spoke to me a few times and said I was nearly there. When I saw Scholes come back, part of me was re­ally happy as he’s a le­gend, but I knew it was the end of me.”

Pogba left United when his con­tract ex­pired, with the Red Devils re­ceiv­ing a £1.5m fee as com­pen­sa­tion.

In his sec­ond au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Ferguson said he “dis­trusted” Pogba’s agent, Raiola, de­scrib­ing their first meet­ing as a “fiasco”.

“He and I were like oil and wa­ter,” said the Scot. “From then on, our gooseoose was cooked be­cause Raiola had been able to in­gra­ti­atea­ti­ate him­self with Paul and his fam­ily and the player signed with Ju­ven­tus.”

Ju­ven­tus full-back Pa­trice Evra, who was at United with Pogba, said the club ini­tially “un­der­es­ti­mated” his France team-mate..

Speak­ing in 2014, he said: “I went to talk to him and spent two hour­sours with his par­ents and his broth­ers to discuss hiss fu­ture, even though I’m just a player.

“I said, ‘Here in Manch­ester you will be­come a le­gend. Be pa­tient’. I triedried to tie him up. I even tried to put him in pad­locks. ks. But, no, he’d al­ready made his choice.”

For­mer France strik­er­triker Thierry Henry be­lieves he can go on to be­comeme “one of the best in his­tory” while fel­low World Cup win­ner Pa­trick Vieira de­scribed him as an “ex­traor­di­nary ex­traor­di­nary player” and said it was a “mis­take” for Manch­ester City not to sign him from United

Ex-United cap­tain ain Bryan Rob­son said Pogba re­minds him of Manch­ester­anch­ester City mid­fielder Yaya Toure be­cause “he iss very good go­ing for­ward and scores spec­tac­u­lar goals” als”

United le­gend Ryan Giggs said Pogba “has got ev­ery­thing”

France le­gend Zinedinene­dine Zi­dane thinks Pogba is a “com­plete player”

Ju­ven­tus coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri said in May 2015 that Pogba a “needs to stop show­boat­ing in mid­field” and that he makes “avoidable” mis­takes

Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger claims Pogba is in a “ma­tur­ing pe­riod”od” and will not find his best form un­til the age of 26

For­mer Eng­land striker Gary Lineker asked dur­ing Euro 2016 if he was “the world’s most over­rated player”

Ex-United mid­fielder fielder Paul Scholes had ques­tioned Pogba’s re­ported £86m val­u­a­tion, say­ing he was “nowhere re worth that kind of money yet.” BBC Sport

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