Manchester United are a step closer to completing their fourth signing after Paul Pogba arrived in England to undergo a medical before finalising his world-record transfer from Juventus.
According to Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport, the French midfielder arrived in Manchester following an extended break owing to his commitments with his national team at the European Championships. Pogba will undergo a medical on 7 August. The Red Devils are set to break the world transfer record to sign Pogba from the Serie A club and are expected to pay around €110m (£93.3m, $121.4m).
Jose Mourinho has thus far completed three signings to bolster his attack and defence and confirmed ahead of United's Community Shield game against Leicester City that the fourth arrival is going to be a "very good midfielder". The Portuguese manager refused to name the Frenchman stating that he is still officially a Juventus player.
Massimiliano Allegri expects Pogba to report to training with the Turin club on Monday, but according to the report, the midfielder has travelled from the United States – where he was on holiday – to Manchester for his medical. Mourinho is keen to complete the protracted move by the start of next week as they begin preparations in earnest for the start of the 2016/17 campaign.
Real Madrid were also in the race to sign the France international, with Zinedine Zidane expressing an interest to sign his compatriot. However, the 11-time Champions League winners were unable to match United's world-record bid and eventually pulled out of the race.
Pogba will be returning to Old Trafford four years after he left the club for a compensation fee of around £800,000. The 23-year-old has established himself as one of the best midfielder's in Europe, helping Juventus win four consecutive Serie A titles as well as a Champions League final, which they lost to Barcelona.