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19th Jul 2016

Italian media reports that Paul Pogba has decided to leave Juventus

Nearly there...

Simon Lloyd

For a second morning on the spin, the Italian media are convinced that Paul Pogba’s transfer saga is nearly reaching its conclusion.

After a smattering of reports on Tuesday suggested a deal to take the Juventus midfielder back to Manchester United was close, 24 hours later they appear just as confident.

We’ve been hearing for weeks that Jose Mourinho was lining up a record-breaking bid for the 23-year-old in order to have him in place for his first season at the helm at United.

With the bid seemingly imminent (if it’s not already been submitted), it was reported that Juventus would only accept it if the player himself asked for a move.

Given the nature of his departure from Old Trafford four years ago, some had suggested that Pogba might have been reluctant to return and that he was holding out for a move to Real Madrid. However, with interest from the European champions reportedly faded, Wednesday’s Italian papers indicate that Pogba has decided he will leave Italy.

United jetted off on their pre-season tour of China on Tuesday, but it’s also being reported that Ed Woodward – United’s vice-chief executive has remained behind in order to complete the deal for Pogba.

Is the end in sight? Maybe… just maybe.