DEAL SEALED Pogba completes Manchester United transfer
Mourinho outlines ‘stupid’ ambition
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.