Paul Pogba has landed in England ahead of his world record Â£110million move from Juventus to former club Manchester United.
The France midfielderâ€™s return to Old Trafford has been the transfer story of the summer but is nearing completion with Pogba driven to Unitedâ€™s Aon Training Complex in aÂ Chevrolet CamaroÂ on Monday afternoon to undertake his medical after landing on a flight from Nice having been in New York. He was joined in the car by one of Unitedâ€™s security staff.
Pogba is moving back to United â€“ the club he left for just Â£800,000 in compensation in 2012 â€“ for a newÂ world record fee. Unitedâ€™s training base includes facilities where Pogbaâ€™s medical will be undertaken. He is expected toÂ sign a five-year contract worth Â£290,000 a weekÂ once that is completed.
Pogba was joined in England by his mother Yeo Moriba, who travelled in a different car behind her son heading for Carrington.
United confirmed on Sunday that Juventus had given permission for Pogba to take a medical with them ahead of a deal whichÂ SportsmailÂ understands will go beyond the Â£100m mark with add-ons and agentsâ€™ fees taken into account.
It means Pogba will become the worldâ€™s most expensive footballer, his move to United taking him past theÂ estimated Â£86m Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Wales superstar Gareth Bale in 2013.
Pogbaâ€™s medical is expected to be a formality, with United expecting to make the signing official on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
The box-to-box midfielder, still just 23, landed at Manchester Airport on Monday morning after jetting in from New York where he has been on holiday.
The Twitter account for Manchester Airport gave a clue as to his arrival by posting a picture of a private plan landing, with the caption â€˜an important passenger has just touched down at the airport. Can anyone guess who it might be?â€™
Pogba left United for Juventus in 2012 having made just seven senior appearances in all competitions, all from the bench.
He went on to help Juventus win four Serie A titles and two Italian Cups while he also helped them reach the 2014-15 Champions League final. He helped France finish runners-up at Euro 2016 this summer.
Opening up on the signing of Pogba after Sundayâ€™s Community Shield victory over Leicester, United boss Jose Mourinho said: â€˜United is the perfect club to bring him to the level he wants to be.â€™
Mourinho added: â€˜The Premier League is the perfect habitat for that. If you want to be the best player in the world, if you go to Barcelona or Real Madrid you are in trouble because I donâ€™t think the other two big guys (Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo) will let you.
â€˜Here he is in the most seen, worldwide, championship which is absolutely incredible, with a team which wants to bring Manchester United to the top again.
â€˜We have everything to give him and we know the reasons why he wants to come to us.
â€˜Money he would get at any big club. He comes because he knows the club, knows the city, many of the players and wants to be an important part of the project.
â€˜Hopefully everything goes well.â€™
Pogba had given a clue he was heading to Manchester on Sunday night, posting a picture to Instagram with the caption: â€˜Bye New York.â€™
The player has been on holiday in America enjoying an extended break after helping France to the final of Euro 2016 but his focus will now be on the start of the new season with United.
Mourinhoâ€™s side begin their league campaign away to Bournemouth on Sunday and with Pogbaâ€™s deal likely to be officially confirmed in the next 48 hours, he could make his United debut at the Vitality Stadium reportsÂ dailymail.co.uk.