Paul Pogba is on the verge of returning to Manchester United for a world-record fee after being granted permission to have a medical.
A Juventus spokesperson said on Sunday afternoon that the France international has been given the green light to undergo fitness checks as his proposed switch back to Old Trafford edges closer, and United also confirmed soon after that the deal was close.
According to reports, the deal could be worth 110 million euros (£93.2million), beating the estimated £85million that Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013.
The Premier League club released a short statement saying the 23-year-old “has been granted permission to have a medical in order to finalise his transfer from Juventus to Manchester United” – alongside the hashtag ‘POGBACK’.
United added that the medical would take place at their AON training complex.
The Italian champions are currently in London, where they played West Ham in a friendly on Sunday to mark the opening of the London Stadium.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri seemed resigned to losing Pogba, having previously claimed the player was due back at training on Monday.
After his side’s 3-2 win over the Hammers, Allegri said: “I spoke about Pogba the day before. We have just finished a match and I don’t know much more.
“We will see tomorrow (Monday) if he is a still Juventus player.”
Pogba, meanwhile, was giving little away when he wrote on Twitter: “When too many people talk nobody understands…talk very soon.”
United boss Jose Mourinho suggested on Friday that he wanted the deal done by the time his side play their opening Premier League game at Bournemouth on August 14.
Pogba joined Juventus from United in 2012 for a cut-price £800,000, and in four seasons in Turin has won four league titles.
He is set to become Mourinho’s fourth signing at Old Trafford following the captures of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Pogba could prove good value for money, even if he does not have the reputation of being a prolific scorer.
Speaking on BT Sport 2 ahead of the Community Shield, he said: “First of all I thought if he’s not getting 40 goals a season, like a (Luis) Suarez, Bale, (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Lionel) Messi, etc, then he can’t be worth that.
“But if he becomes as influential as a (Paul) Scholes, a (Frank) Lampard, a (Steven) Gerrard, a (Patrick) Vieira or a (Roy) Keane, then you say it’s money well spent.
“You’ve got to speculate, sometimes.
“(If) he’s the best around in terms of potential, in terms of the age, the fit for the club, the personality and the character, go for it.”