DEAL SEALED Pogba com­pletes Manch­ester United trans­fer

Mour­inho out­lines ‘stupid’ am­bi­tion

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MANCH­ESTER United have se­cured the long-awaited sign­ing of mid­fielder Paul Pogba from Ju­ven­tus for a world-record fee.

Pogba, 23, re­turns to Old Traf­ford four sea­sons af­ter de­part­ing for Italy, with Ju­ven­tus con­firm­ing the trans­fer fee of €105 mil­lion (£89.3 mil­lion, $116.4 mil­lion).

The fee, payable over the next two years, can in­crease by an ad­di­tional €5 mil­lion if cer­tain con­di­tions are met, Ju­ven­tus said.

The trans­fer beats the pre­vi­ous record fee of an es­ti­mated €100 mil­lion (£85 mil­lion) that Real Madrid paid Tot­ten­ham for Gareth Bale in 2013.

When Pogba joined Ju­ven­tus in 2012, United re­ceived just £800,000 in com­pen­sa­tion, and the French­man quickly es­tab­lished him­self as a key player, help­ing the Bian­coneri win Serie A four times and the Coppa Italia twice.

Pogba had made just seven ap­pear­ances for United dur­ing his first spell with the Premier League club, all dur­ing the 2011-12 sea­son, in­clud­ing three in the Premier League, three in the Cap­i­tal One Cup and one in the Europa League.

All seven of those were sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute CAPE TOWN — While he ad­mits it is un­likely, Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho re­vealed he wants his side to win ev­ery match they play this sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions.

The for­mer Chelsea and In­ter Mi­lan boss has al­ready claimed his first piece of sil­ver­ware for the sea­son in the Com­mu­nity Shield and has clearly made some in­ter­est­ing sign­ings, not least of which be­ing the £89 mil­lion cap­ture of Paul Pogba on Mon­day.

Arsene Wenger’s In­vin­ci­bles team of 2003/04 is the only side to go un­beaten through an en­tire Premier League sea­son and Mour­inho wants to bet­ter them this term.

And speak­ing af­ter the 2-1 win over last sea­son’s Premier League win­ners Le­ices­ter, where new ap­pear­ances, and he opted to leave when his con­tract ex­pired af­ter fail­ing to es­tab­lish him­self in Sir Alex Fer­gu­son’s first-team plans.

He re­turns to United on a five-year con­tract, with an op­tion to ex­tend the deal for an ad­di­tional sea­son.

“I’m de­lighted to re­join United,” Pogba told United’s of­fi­cial web­site. “It’s al­ways been a club with a spe­cial place in my heart and I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to boy Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic scored the win­ning goal in his first com­pet­i­tive match for the club, Mour­inho said he in­tends to con­tinue his win­ning ways at Bournemouth. He said: “My am­bi­tion is a stupid am­bi­tion, I have to con­fess, be­cause it is an im­pos­si­ble am­bi­tion. “My am­bi­tion is to win ev­ery game, so my am­bi­tion now is to win against Bournemouth. “That will be very dif­fi­cult. Can we win? We have to think about that. Af­ter Bournemouth, it doesn’t mat­ter about the re­sult, we will play against Southamp­ton and we want to win. “We want to win ev­ery game. It is a very stupid mo­ti­va­tion but if you look in a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive then it is what we have to do - im­prove, im­prove, im­prove and ev­ery match we will try to win.”— Sport24.

work­ing with Jose Mour­inho.

“I’ve thor­oughly en­joyed my time at Ju­ven­tus and have some fan­tas­tic mem­o­ries of a great club with play­ers that I count as friends.

“But I feel the time is right to go back to Old Traf­ford. I al­ways en­joyed play­ing in front of the fans and can’t wait to make my con­tri­bu­tion to the team. This is the right club for me to achieve ev­ery­thing I hope to in the game.”

Pogba ar­rived at Manch­ester United’s train­ing ground on Mon­day to have his med­i­cal exam, be­fore the team con­firmed the deal just af­ter mid­night yes­ter­day.

Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola — who, sources told ESPN FC, is set to make €20 mil­lion from the deal — ap­peared to con­firm the trans­fer was done shortly be­fore United pub­lished their an­nounce­ment.

Real Madrid had also been keen to sign Pogba, and sources told ESPN FC the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons made an at­tempt last month to beat United to the deal.

In­stead, he be­comes Mour­inho’s fourth sign­ing since tak­ing charge this sum­mer, fol­low­ing Eric Bailly, Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan.

“Paul is one of the best play­ers in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the fu­ture,” Mour­inho said in the club’s state­ment.

“He’s quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game bet­ter than many play­ers much older than he is.

“At 23, he has the chance to make that po­si­tion his own here over many years. He is young and will con­tinue to im­prove; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and be­yond.”

The op­por­tu­nity to play in the Premier League will be im­por­tant for Pogba, Mour­inho said af­ter Sun­day’s Com­mu­nity Shield vic­tory over Le­ices­ter.

“United is the per­fect club to bring him to the level he wants to be,” the man­ager said. “The Premier League is the per­fect habi­tat for that. If you want to be the best player in the world, if you go to Barcelona or Real Madrid, you are in trou­ble be­cause I don’t think the other two big guys [Lionel Messi and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo] will let you.”— ESPNFC.

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