Manchester United Boss Jose Mourinho has said that Manchester United is the perfect club for Paul Pogba to become the best player in the world.
Pogba, 23, is close to returning to Old Trafford for a reported world-record fee of 89 million pounds ($116.4 million, 105 million euros) after United and Juventus confirmed he was due to undergo a medical.
The France midfielder has been vocal about his dram to become the best in the world, saying he intends to pick up the mantle after the current duopoly of Messi and Ronaldo.
“I think United is the perfect club to bring him to the level that he wants to be.”“The Premier League is the perfect habitat for that. If you want to be the best player in the world, I think if you go to Barcelona or to Real Madrid, you are in trouble.”
“Because I don’t think the other two big guys will let you develop to that level.”
“Here he has the conditions to develop in the most seen worldwide championship, which is absolutely incredible, with a team that wants to bring Man United to the top again.”
“So we have everything to give him and we know the reasons why he wants to come to us. Money he will get from any big club. That’s not the point.”
“He comes because he knows the club, knows the city, knows many of the players. He wants to be an important part of the Man United project. So hopefully everything goes well and he comes into our team.”
The transfer saga took a huge step forward when Juventus announced they had granted permission for Pogba to undergo a medical at United, the club he left four years ago.
United confirmed the news with a short statement on their club website saying the medical would enable Pogba to “finalise his transfer from Juventus to Manchester United”.
Pogba, who was part of the France side that lost to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final last month, tweeted enigmatically: “When too many people talk nobody understands — talk very soon”
Pogba, who has won four Serie A titles with Juventus and reached the 2015 Champions League final, has been courted assiduously by United, who received just 1.5 million pounds when he left in 2012.
A reported initial 86 million pounds bid was rejected by Juventus.
Pogba’s arrival will secure the four signings Mourinho had set his sights on when he replaced Louis van Gaal at the end of last season.