Man United's Mourinho hints at Pogba arrival next week

Fri Aug 5, 2016 12:14pm EDT
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By Neil Robinson

(Reuters) - Jose Mourinho has dropped a heavy hint that Paul Pogba's protracted transfer from Juventus to Manchester United is close to completion.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's Community Shield with Leicester City, Manchester United's manager confirmed he expected one more player to arrive at Old Trafford before Aug. 14.

Although he said was reluctant to talk about players from other teams, he said he is one short of his intended first-team squad of 23 players plus three goalkeepers.

"We have 22 and we are going to have 23," Mourinho told a news conference. "We are going to get a very good midfielder," he added.

"Paul Pogba is a Juventus player until he isn't, officially, so we stay like this," Mourinho said of the midfielder, whose 100 million pounds ($130.30 million) move from the Italian side has been heavily trailed by British media.

"The market closes on Aug. 31 but my club try to do everything to close our market by Aug. 14."

Mourinho said he intended to use Sunday's game between his FA Cup holders and Premier League champions Leicester -- the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season -- to give a run out to as many members of his squad as possible.

"We can make six substitutions instead of three, so that gives me the chance to give minutes to people," he said.   Continued...

Juventus' Paul Pogba reacts during a match against Carpi in Turin, Italy, May 1, 2016. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino