Paul Pogba's much-discussed move to Manchester United could reportedly be finalised within a matter of hours. The 23-year-old Juventus star has been at the centre of transfer speculation for a number of weeks, but it appears that the drawn out negotiations could be coming to a head.
United are reported to have talked to Juventus in a video conference in a bid to iron out the remaining details of the transfer, which could be worth a world-record fee of €120m (£100m, $132m). United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward joined Pogba's agent Mino Raiola and Juventus' director general Beppe Marotta during the conference to try to reach an agreement.
Although they have yet to resolve all of the outstanding issues with the move, it is thought United have moved a step closer to sealing a deal for the Frenchman, who left the club to join Juventus in 2012. Indeed, it has been suggested that the record-breaking deal could be completed within the next 24 hours, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
At present, the two clubs are said to be €10m apart in their valuation for the player. However, United are refusing to walk away from the transfer.
Meanwhile, United manager Jose Mourinho was recently coy about the club's prospects of signing Pogba from Juventus. Asked if he was confident of landing his transfer target, the United boss said, according to the Daily Mail: "I don't speak about players from other clubs. He's a Juventus player. If any club wants one of my players and it speaks about him I would not be happy.
"So Paul Pogba is a Juve player and what we are trying to do we are trying to do in an honest, correct, institutional way."
United have already signed Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer, and Mourinho insisted the club have other midfielder options besides Pogba. "The only thing I can say to you is we did 75 percent of our market. We established four important target profiles - not faces but profiles - and we got three of them at the very early stage of the market," he said.
"Now we have 25 percent of our market to conclude until August 31, and that player is not the only one. It's a profile we have, we have options for that profile, and we're going to get a fourth player. But maybe it's not the one you think."