Manchester United manager Jose
Mourinho has spoken of his desire to land
the club’s fourth signing of the summer,
with Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba
expected to be the target to which he’s
Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic followed
centre-back Eric Bailly to Old Trafford last
week, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is
expected to sign after Borussia Dortmund
confirmed his departure, per Stuart
Mathieson of the Manchester Evening
News. Mourinho was quoted by the
Telegraph ‘s James Ducker on his plans
moving forward:

JM: “I want specialists. From this
four, we have 3. Until we have the
fourth we are working hard on
that.” – that’s Pogba
— James Ducker (@
TelegraphDucker) July 5, 2016

Pogba has been linked with former club
United for most of this year, but what
once seemed an unlikely deal is now
edging closer to completion, according to
the latest reports.
La Liga expert Guillem Balague also
stated that Mourinho confirmed he’s not
legally permitted to announce one of the
Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford at the
end of May and has taken little time in
splurging United’s funds in order to
renovate the squad, with Pogba
potentially moving back to his old outfit
from Turin this summer.
The bookmakers have also responded to
speculation by slashing the odds on
Pogba’s move back to Manchester, with
Real Madrid looking a more distant
runner-up now, per Bleacher Report’s
Sean Fay:

Pogba odds-on to join Manchester
United according to Sky Bet.
— Sean Fay (@Sean_Fay) July 5,

According to Mike Keegan, Ian Ladyman
and Pete Jenson
of the Daily Mail , Real Madrid president
Florentino Perez isn’t totally sold on the
Juve talisman, either, meaning United
could have their opening to land the star.
ESPN’s Alex Shaw added that due to his
age, a return to United could still function
as little more than a stepping stone for
Pogba, should he one day still feel the
urge to move to the Santiago Bernabeu:

Pogba is 23. Plenty of time for
Raiola to get lots of ££ for a United
move then a Madrid move. Makes
sense, but still feel it’s unlikely.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN)
July 5, 2016

The transfer window has only officially
been open for less than a week, and yet
the Red Devils have moved swiftly to seal
what Mourinho described as the majority
of their transfer priorities.
That being said, Pogba stands out as the
most essential component in that
recruitment drive—not to mention the
most expensive—although ESPN FC’s
Liam Twomey believes there are better
options available:

When Mourinho says he wants
“specialists” over “multi-
functional” players, Matuidi surely
makes much more sense than
Pogba #mufc
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey)
July 5, 2016

Mourinho has several personnel decisions
to make this summer, with Morgan
Schneiderlin and Bastian
Schweinsteiger’s places in doubt, while
Michael Carrick again enters the final
year of his deal after penning a 12-month
Having left for free in 2012, Pogba could
ironically be the glue that brings this
summer’s influx of talent together, or he
could be the one who slipped away.