Paul Pogba arrived at Manchester United’s training ground on Monday to begin his medical ahead of a proposed world-record switch back to the club from Juventus.
Pogba, 23, was granted permission to have a medical on Sunday in order finalise the deal. Sources have told ESPN FC that United will pay a £89 million (€105m) transfer fee for the 23-year-old plus £20m (€23.7m) in agents’ fees.
That figure beats the current world-record transfer fee of an estimated £85m that Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013.
The Guardian reported on Monday evening that Pogba passed the medical and was expected to be announced on Tuesday as the club’s fourth summer signing.
Pogba — whose arrival in the country was signalled by a tweet from Manchester Airport — left United for Juventus in 2012 having made just seven senior appearances in all competitions for the Premier League club, all from the bench.
An important passenger has just touched down at the airport. Can anyone guess who it might be? pic.twitter.com/1HDsXzE7NN
– Manchester Airport (@manairport) August 8, 2016
Since then he has helped Juve win four Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia twice, while the Old Lady also reached the 2014-15 Champions League final, and he was part of the France side which finished runners-up at Euro 2016.
Regarding Pogba, United boss Jose 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 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.
“Here he is in the most seen, worldwide, championship which is absolutely incredible, with a team which wants to bring Manchester United to the top again. We have everything to give him and we know the reasons why he wants to come to us.
“Money he would get at any big club. He comes because he knows the club, knows the city, many of the players and wants to be an important part of the project. Hopefully everything goes well.”