Pogba ar­rives to com­plete £89m move

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PAUL Pogba has ar­rived at Manch­ester United for a med­i­cal be­fore his world record £89m trans­fer from Ju­ven­tus.

The France mid­fielder flew from Nice into Manch­ester Air­port on Mon­day be­fore mak­ing his way to the club’s train­ing ground.

United will pay the Ital­ian cham­pi­ons 105m eu­ros for Pogba, plus per­for­mance-re­lated bonuses and other costs. The deal for the 23-year-old, who left United for £1.5m in 2012, is due to be com­pleted in mid­week.

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

Pogba’s re­turn sur­passes Wales for­ward Gareth Bale’s £85m move to Real Madrid in 2013 as the big­gest trans­fer deal in his­tory.

Fol­low­ing Sun­day’s Com­mu­nity Shield, which United won 2-1 against Le­ices­ter, man­ager Jose Mour­inho said he was “wait­ing with open arms” for Pogba.

“He comes be­cause he knows the club, knows the city, many of the play­ers and wants to be an im­por­tant part of the project,” he added.

“Football is crazy and the mar­ket has be­come crazy. What you think this sea­son is crazy, you re­alise three years later it’s not crazy any more.

“What is ex­pen­sive and not ex­pen­sive in football? I don’t know any more. I just know he is a big player.”

Pogba, who helped France reach the Euro 2016 fi­nal, has won the Serie A ti­tle in each of his four sea­sons at Ju­ven­tus.

He is Mour­inho’s fourth sign­ing at United, after Ivory Coast de­fender Eric Bailly, for­mer Swe­den striker Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Ar­me­nia for­ward Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan. It will be the first time in 20 years an English club will have paid a world record fee — when Eng­land striker Alan Shearer joined New­cas­tle United from Black­burn Rovers for £15m.

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.

He 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. — BBC Sport

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