Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s decision to meet up with Manchester United in China suggests a deal for Paul Pogba is close.
The Red Devils, who face Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on Friday night, are remaining tight-lipped on the progress of their £100million world-record pursuit of the France midfielder.
Sources for SiaS, however, have been told Woodward, who decided to remain in England when the United squad travelled to the Far East on Tuesday, will fly out later on Friday.
Woodward has been locked in high-level talks with his Italian counterparts over the last couple of days.
Pogba is believed to be willing to make a return to the club he quit back in 2012, although United are still wary of reports that Real Madrid could yet come back to the table.
Woodward will attend the Red Devils’ ‘friendly’ derby clash against rivals Manchester City in Beijing on Monday, although heavy downpours and a series of floods in the Chinese capital have left the lucrative fixture hanging in the balance.
United insiders insist power broker Woodward would not have decided to embark on the 12-hour journey if he felt it also compromised the Pogba outcome.