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Jose Mourinho gives his verdict on Paul Pogba's world record fee

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Pogba heading back to Manchester United
Pogba heading back to Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted his club should have no shame in paying a world record €105m to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus.

Mourinho believes Manchester United will prove the perfect place for Paul Pogba to become the best player on the planet, with the Juventus midfielder on the verge of returning to Old Trafford for a reported world-record fee.

United confirmed on Sunday afternoon that the France international has been given the green light to undergo a medical as his proposed switch back to the Red Devils edges closer.

The debate over the size of the transfer fee has rumbled on for several weeks, but Mourinho insists United are right to shatter the world tranfer record to re-sign the player they allowed to leave for nothing for years ago,

"United is the perfect club to bring him to the level he wants to be," said Mourinho, who expects Pogba to complete the deal by Tuesday.

"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 don't think the other two big guys (Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo) will let you.

"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. We have everything to give him and we know the reasons why he wants to come to us.

"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. Hopefully everything goes well."

Mourinho said he could not confirm the price-tag, but does not believe it is an issue.

"I don't think Real were upset when they broke the record with Gareth Bale or Cristiano. I don't think it's a reason to be sad - it's a reason to be proud," he said.

"Football is crazy and the market has become crazy. What you think this season is crazy, you realise three years later it's not crazy any more.

"There are players who cost £10millon who are super expensive because they're players (who are worth) £500,000 or £1million. What is expensive and not expensive in football? I don't know any more. I just know he is a big player."

The Italian champions played West Ham in a friendly on Sunday to mark the opening of the London Stadium.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri seemed resigned to losing Pogba, having previously claimed the player was due back at training on Monday.

After his side's 3-2 win over the Hammers, Allegri said: "I spoke about Pogba the day before. We have just finished a match and I don't know much more.

"We will see tomorrow (Monday) if he is a still Juventus player."

Pogba was giving little away when he wrote on Twitter as he offered up this cryptic message:

The Frenchman joined Juventus from United in 2012 for a cut-price £800,000, and in four seasons in Turin has won four league titles.

He is set to become Mourinho's fourth signing at Old Trafford following the captures of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Pogba could prove good value for money, even if he does not have the reputation of being a prolific scorer.

Speaking on BT Sport 2 ahead of the Community Shield, he said: "First of all I thought if he's not getting 40 goals a season, like a (Luis) Suarez, Bale, (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Lionel) Messi, etc, then he can't be worth that.

"But if he becomes as influential as a (Paul) Scholes, a (Frank) Lampard, a (Steven) Gerrard, a (Patrick) Vieira or a (Roy) Keane, then you say it's money well spent.

"You've got to speculate, sometimes. He's the best around in terms of potential, in terms of the age, the fit for the club, the personality and the character, so go for it."

United, 2-1 winners in the Community Shield against Leicester thanks to Ibrahimovic's late winner, open their Premier League campaign at Bournemouth next Sunday.