Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that he wants the signing of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba finalised before their Community Shield clash with Leicester City, according to the Independent.
The Red Devils will meet the Foxes at Wembley Stadium to contest the season’s first piece of silverware, and the Portuguese manager is keen to add the French international to his available squad before the match in a month’s time.
Reports have suggested that Manchester United representatives have flown out to discuss the terms and conditions of the deal with Juventus, with the Old Lady announcing that the Frenchman would only leave the club if his transfer evaluation is met – roughly around £100-120m. Mourinho is confident however that the player will join up with the squad for their pre-season preparations.
Should the former Manchester United academy graduate return to Old Trafford in the coming weeks, it will top off a fantastic transfer window for Mourinho and his new-looking side, adding to the list that includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mhkitaryan and Eric Bailly.
Speaking to Sky Sports, former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry claims that he would love to see Pogba return to the Premier League, regardless of whether it is with United or not: “We all know about the quality, how good he is on the ball,”
“He’s an all-round player but he’s understood his role at this tournament. Hopefully he can come back to the Premier League – it would be great for us and for whoever got him but he’s still a Juve player and they’re not going to let him go (easily).”