Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has opted not to call Paul Pogba out by name, but has revealed that the club will sign a “very good midfield player”.
The Portuguese tactician was speaking in a pre-match press conference as his side prepare to take on Leicester City for the Community Shield on Sunday.
Having already been busy in the transfer market with the signings of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, United are widely expected to wrap up a deal to sign Pogba with The Telegraph noting that he is expected to complete his move in the next 48 hours.
As ever, Mourinho wasn’t willing to discuss players at other clubs by name, but ultimately he said enough to suggest that the deal for Pogba is all-but done.
Jose Mourinho: “We are going to get a very good midfield player, so I am happy with the balance of my squad.” #mufc
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“We got a young central defender that needs time to be a top one, but he has top potential and we believe a lot in him,” he noted, as reported by the club’s official website.
“We brought Micki here, a player that we know the quality he has. We got a super striker [in Zlatan] and we are going to get a very good midfield player, so I am happy with the balance of my squad, I’m happy with the effort that the club has, and is still putting in for us.”
Pogba has been given an extended period off after his involvement at Euro 2016, but had been scheduled to return to pre-season training with Juventus on Sunday.
Although the wait goes on for this summer’s biggest transfer saga to reach a conclusion, Mourinho sounds pretty confident that he will have his midfielder in sooner rather than later, and based on all the speculation that has been flying around in recent months, it would be a huge shock to all if it wasn’t Pogba he was referring to.