Paul Pogba has told Juventus fans in New York that he is staying with the Old Lady despite his impending £100million return to Manchester United.
Sportsmail understand that the deal for Pogba has been completed and the club are waiting to formally announce the transfer.
However the 23-year-old, who is on holiday in the US following his Euro 2016 exertions, has told autograph-hunting Juventus fans he will remain with the Serie A champions instead.
Supporters from the IFTV channel waited for Pogba outside his hotel in New York, where he was asked if he will stay at Juventus.
The Frenchman simply replied: ‘Yeah.’
Pogba is then asked if he’s going to win the Champions League this year, not possible with the Reds who are have not qualified for the competition, again he replies: ‘Yeah’
Despite Pogba’s words to the contrary, a response uttered under pressure from haranguing Old Lady supporters should not undo United’s summer-long pursuit.
Having let their former player join Juventus in 2012 for a relative pittance, United’s willingness to spend £100m on Pogba shows how keen they are to seal the deal.
A package for the player has been agreed between the two clubs with one potential stumbling block – the fee being paid to Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola – now resolved.
Pogba completed his medical with his new club in Los Angeles last week, meaning the player who left Old Trafford for next to nothing, returns as the stellar signing of the summer – a transfer which smashes the previous British record by an incredible £40m.
It is understood that when the deal is finally complete, Juventus will announce the fee at £84.3m due to the tax they are set to pay on the transfer.
The current world record transfer fee is the £86m paid by Real Madrid to Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013.