Serie A giants Juventus have given the biggest indication yet that star midfielder Paul Pogba will join Manchester United this summer as they are not expecting him back in Turin.
The 23-year-old was made Jose Mourinho’s prime target when he was announced as the new manager of the Red Devils, replacing sacked Dutchman Louis van Gaal.
The deal could see the young Frenchman become the world’s most expensive football as both club are reported to have agreed a whopping £100.8m fee for the players and he will sign a five-year deal worth £290,000-per-week.
Pogba is currently in Miami on extended holidays after he helped France reach the EURO 2016 final where they lost to Portugal and he is expected to fly straight to Manchester to finalise the deal.
Juventus have already assigned his Jersey number 10 to his Argentine teammate Exequiel Dybala and agreed to pay Pogba’s agent £4m while United paid £20m.
There has been debate as to how expensive the deal is but former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand feels the price is about right for the player who left United in 2002 for less than £1m under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Of course it isn’t [good business] but, listen, when Chelsea sold [Nemanja] Matic and bought him back for £20m-plus it was the same,” Ferdinand said. “It’s bigger than that but it’s still a loss. That’s the way it goes.
“When he comes it’s just going to be down to the black and white: Will he perform? Will Manchester United win trophies? That’s how you get judged.
“People were saying when I went there that £30m was too much but then we started to win and people now look back and think ‘you know what, it wasn’t that expensive’. When you can say you’ve won six Premier League titles in 12 years, it’s okay.
“If he goes there for £100m and in 10 years he wins five titles and earns £100m worth in shirts sales, you’ll say ‘well done, good business.”