Jose Mourinho comments on Paul Pogba speculation

France's Paul Pogba in action

The Manchester United manager was asked whether he was close to agreeing a deal for the Juventus player.

France's Paul Pogba in action

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been speaking to reporters about the ongoing links with Paul Pogba, with his comments later posted online by Gianluca Di Marzio.

The French international is one of the brightest young talents in world football and according to French newspaper L’Equipe United have agreed a £100million deal to bring him back to Old Trafford.

France's Paul Pogba

“I do not confirm, nor deny,” the United boss said. “First, it is not correct to speak of players from other clubs.

“He is a Juventus player and not at United. The club has done a great job for me in the market; now 75 per cent of what I asked has been completed. There remains only 25 per cent to be completed by August 31.”

In truth Mourinho will be desperate to get the final business complete long before that, but if Pogba is indeed the target it could take a lot of negotiating before a deal is finally concluded.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

The midfielder left United as a teenager for just £800,000 so this would be a huge financial hit for a club usually famed for giving young players a chance.

That was not the case with Pogba who then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson overlooked time and again, but those United fans who wish he had never left may finally get their wish to see him starring at Old Trafford week in, week out.

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