Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Paul Pogba, after Juventus gave the player the green light to undergo his medical with the Premier League giants before finalising the deal, the club have confirmed. Reports during the week claimed that Jose Mourinho's side were on the verge to complete the signing of the 23-year-old midfielder in a deal worth around £100m ($130.7m, €117.9m), with some even claiming that the announcement could be official before the Community Shield final against Leicester City on Sunday.
However, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri put the deal under scrutiny on Saturday, 7 August, after revealing that the midfielder was expected to return to Italy on Monday, following the end of his holidays in America.
"I've summoned Pogba together with [Patrice] Evra [to report for preseason duty] tomorrow night, so that means he has training here in Vinovo on Monday," the boss said during a press conference, as quoted by Tutto Sport. "It makes no sense at the moment talking about potential replacements for Pogba because, right now, Pogba is a Juventus player."
Yet, reports in Italy on Sunday morning claimed that the player was instead travelling to Manchester to complete his medical ahead of completing his return to Old Trafford, only four years after he left the club to move to the Serie A giants.
Now, only minutes before the Community Shield final against Leicester, United have confirmed the news to put and end to one of the biggest transfer sagas of the current transfer window.
"Paul Pogba has been granted permission to have a medical in order to finalise his transfer from Juventus to Manchester United," United confirmed.