Paul Pogba has left Manchester United fans giddy with anticipation after posting a picture with a red, white and black colour palette.
The 23-year-old has already described United as his ‘first family’ but as his holiday draws to a close and speculation over a transfer to The Reds intensifies, Pogba has played his part. United midfielder Jesse Lingard even liked the upload.
However, Pogba’s Instagram post was offset by Pogba also changing his profile picture to him wearing a white shirt, amid Real Madrid’s interest in him.
Pogba was joined in Miami by his agent, Mino Raiola, recently and teased United fans with the caption: ‘We say it all by saying nothing at all’, with a picture of the duo laughing, and on Wednesday Pogba’s kit suppliers Adidas released a video urging fans to ignore reports regarding the midfielder’s future.
M.E.N. Sport revealed last week Pogba is happy to rejoin United, who are still in talks with Juventus over a protracted move for the France international.
alks between United and Pogba are ongoing and a source told M.E.N. Sport the clubs are ‘on the same page’, with Juve putting on a public show of defiance in an attempt to convince supporters they are doing their utmost to keep Pogba.
United are understood to have agreed personal terms with Raiola, whose contact with Pogba was restricted during Euro 2016 as he focused on France’s campaign, earlier this month. Any deal is unlikely to be completed until Pogba, who is currently holidaying in Miami, returns from his break.
Pogba refused to publicly clarify his future in a brief interview on ESPN at the ESPYs awards in Los Angeles, where he was asked what he would do if Mourinho called him.
“I don’t know. Let’s see,” he replied. “For the moment I’m at Juve and I’m happy. I don’t know where I want to go.” Pogba added United were his ‘first family’ and, when pressed on a possible return to Manchester, smiled and replied: “I don’t know. We’ll see, we’ll see.”
Mourinho vetoed a move for Miralem Pjanic in order to prioritise Pogba and Pjanic moved to Juventus from Roma in a £25.4million deal that could work to United’s advantage.
United have already clinched the signings of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Mourinho confirmed M.E.N. Sport’s story in May he wanted to strengthen four positions during his maiden press conference.
“We made a nucleus of four priorities, four positions, priorities,” he explained. “To give a certain balance to the squad, to give a certain push in terms of quality, and the qualities that I need, that I want, as we know especially with the ones with more vision.”
Mourinho was initially pessimistic about United’s chances of signing Pogba but the club’s discussions with Raiola have been positive.