Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is incredibly confident of bringing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford, with the club preparing to land their former player for an eye-watering £80m.
Pogba, who left United four years ago on a free transfer over a lack of game time and difficulties between his agent and Sir Alex Ferguson, has been linked with a move away from Turin for the last year, with the Red Devils at the front of the queue for his signature.
The Daily Mail believes that Mourinho has already told close friends to expect an £80m arrival this summer and with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward planning to back his manager with a statement of intent, all signs lead to Pogba.
The 23-year-old would comfortably be the club’s record signing, surpassing Angel di Maria’s transfer in 2014, but has been uncomfortable about a move back to the Premier League and given United’s lack of Champions League football, that may prove a stumbling block.
The Frenchman, who scored in France’s 5-2 rout over Iceland in the Euro 2016 quarter finals, is a completely different player to the one that departed Manchester in 2012, but any return is likely to involve wages in excess of £250k-a-week.
Mourinho will face the media on Tuesday for the first time as United manager and is likely to dodge questions surrounding Pogba, but former assistant manager Ryan Giggs is convinced he’d be a perfect signing for the club.
Speaking to ITV where he is a pundit for the European Championships, he said: “He’s a talented player.
“He can shoot with both feet, pass the ball with both feet and you don’t realise how big he is.
“Physically he’s immense, he’s strong, he’s quick, and he’s got everything. He has got everything.”