Pogba closes in on Manchester United move

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Pogba is closing in on his switch to Old Trafford.

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 to Tottenham for Gareth Bale.

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.

Pogba was not with his team-mates as he has been on leave following his exertions for France at Euro 2016.

Last week Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri told a press conference ahead of the Hammers clash that Pogba “has training in Vinovo on Monday”.

He added: “It makes no sense at the moment talking about potential replacements for Pogba because, right now, Pogba is a Juventus player.”

However, it now appears Juventus are resigned to losing the player they picked up for £800,000 when he left United in 2012.

A deal appeared close on Friday when Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho said a big signing could be expected over the next few days.

Mourinho mentioned trying to close their transfer dealings before August 14, and that the club were “going to get a very good midfield player”, while adding: “Pogba is a Juventus player until officially he isn’t.”

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Leicester vs United: 5 talking points & key players

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Premier League champions Leicester City face FA Cup winners Manchester United on Sunday evening, three months on from their shock title win.

Will The Foxes follow up their dream season with more silverware or can Jose Mourinho get his United career off to a winning start?

Here, we look at five talking points and the key players ahead of the encounter.

ROONEY’S EVER-CHANGING ROLE

It remains unclear just how and where Rooney fits in for United. Once a striker – a position now filled by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford; then a midfielder – with that project abandoned by Mourinho; Rooney can now only really act as a No10 but with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and potentially even Paul Pogba able to play there, he simply has to perform.

WHO WILL BE SMALLING’S PARTNER?

Barring a considerable decline in form, Chris Smalling will be United’s first-choice centre-back this season but the identity of his partner remains up for debate.

The error-prone Marcos Rojo doesn’t seem to have much of a future, Daley Blind isn’t a Mourinho-style defender while Phil Jones’ form has fallen off a cliff. Therefore, new signing Eric Bailly can press home his case with a strong performance today.

WHO’S PLAYING FOR THEIR FUTURE?

Bastian Schweinsteiger is a Manchester United player only in name but apart from the German being frozen out the expected summer clear-out has failed to materialise implying Mourinho is willing to give players a chance.

Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Memphis Depay and Blind appear the most under threat so can either work their way into their manager’s affections or perform to help earn a transfer away.

CAN MENDY MATCH KANTE’S ENERGY?

It’s credit to Leicester that the only major loss from their title-winning squad so far has been N’Golo Kante. However, the French midfielder was very much the fulcrum for how the Foxes delivered their high-energy, relentless pressing + counter-attack gameplan.

Nampalys Mendy is his heir apparent and appears a very smart piece of business, having arrived from Nice. He needs to hit the ground running… literally.

ADDING MUSA TO THE MIX

At times, Leicester can look a little predictable with the quick throughball or pass over the top to Vardy and Mahrez soon worked out by better defensive teams.

The arrival of Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow gives them an extra attacking weapon and a mercurial one at that. Fast in the dribble, he fits Ranieri’s go-to strategy but is also able to produce moments of real magic.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

LEICESTER CITY – RIYAD MAHREZ

Doubts surround his future with Arsenal’s interest refusing to go away, so it will be interesting how he performs with so much potential distraction. Mourinho is a master in the art of restricting free-flowing attacking players so Mahrez will have to adapt his approach accordingly.

MANCHESTER UNITED – HENRIKH MKHITARYAN

Ibrahimovic and Pogba may provide headlines but the Armenian has the potential to be United’s most potent attacking force. Quick, direct and with an eye for goal watch him drift away from defenders to find space.

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Wayne Rooney's testimonial highlights

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The game finished goalless at Old Trafford.

It was the first match between two Premier League sides to be be shown live on social media, with it being free-to-air on Facebook.

It was fitting Rooney’s night of celebration should come against Everton, the striker’s boyhood team.

Rooney rose to prominence at Goodison Park in 2002 before moving to the Red Devils in 2004 for a fee of £27m, where he has since gone on to make 597 appearances and score 262 goals.

All proceeds raised from the match will go to The Wayne Rooney Foundation’s four chosen charity partners – NSPCC, Claire House Children’s Hospice, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Manchester United Foundation.

Re-live the action here:

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