Juventus give Pogba permission to have Man United medical

Switzerland's Blerim Dzemaili and France's Paul Pogba REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes Livepic
Switzerland's Blerim Dzemaili and France's Paul Pogba REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes Livepic

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been given permission to have a medical with Manchester United, the Italian champions have confirmed to ESPN FC.

Reports had suggested Pogba, 23, was due to complete a medical with United on Sunday before sealing the transfer.

A Juve spokesperson then told ESPN FC that the France international has been given permission to undergo the medical but added that they could not confirm when it would take place and that it was a matter for United.

On Saturday, Juventus head coach Massimilano Allegri said Pogba, who left United four years ago, would report back for duty in Turin on Sunday night and return to training.

Allegri told a news conference: “I’ve summoned Pogba together with [Patrice] Evra [to report for preseason duty], so that means he has training here in Vinovo on Monday.

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

United had already agreed to pay Juventus’ £101.3m (€120m) asking price for Pogba but had been in negotiations over extra fees.

After protracted talks, it emerged that United will pay a £95 million (€112.6m) transfer fee for the 23-year-old plus £20m (€23.7m) in agents’ fees.

The amount that the clubs would pay Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, was a main sticking point in talks, as Juve had insisted that the Old Trafford club pay it all.

But the three parties struck a deal, with United negotiating to pay Raiola less than the initial figure and Juve set to pay the tax on the deal.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, broadcast on July 13, Pogba had described United as “my first family.”

Report by ESPN FC/soccernet.com

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