The transfer of Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli to Juventus will accelerate Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United, according to Spanish newspaper AS via 101 Great Goals.
The leading papers in Italy have all suggested that Juventus’ €94m deal for Higuain has sped up Pogba’s transfer to Old Trafford — with their counterparts AS in Spain even going onto inform readers that the Frenchman could be a Red Devil again by Thursday.
Manchester United’s pursuit of Pogba has been well documented with new boss Jose Mourinho revelling earlier this week that the France international is a target for the club.
“We need a fourth player with a certain profile and we’re going to get it,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
However, the Special One did admit that a deal for the Juventus midfielder was not certain and insisted the club also had other targets in mind.
“Everybody speaks about one, but it wouldn’t be a surprise for me if it is not him and it is another one because we went for profile,” Mourinho added.
“We have two more options in front of us and we are going to close one.”
The arrival of Pogba would take Manchester United’s spending over the £150m mark with the club having already signed Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for £30m and £26m respectively.
As for Juventus, their spending will go well above £100m with the club expected to confirm the signing of Higuain in the coming days after having recently announced the capture of Marko Pjaca for just under £20m.
Miralem Pjanic also joined the Serie A champions from rivals Roma this transfer window in a £27m deal.