The last two weeks have been dominated by Paul Pogba and his move to Manchester United but over the last 48 hours it has all gone a bit quiet on the western front.
We’ve been informed the deal is already done and Gianluca di Marzio’s staff member David Amoyal is reporting a similar story – the deal is done and we’re simply waiting for an official announcement.
Nothing to worry about with Pogba, deal with Man United is done just waiting for the announcement https://t.co/h4GxLA2K6g
— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) August 2, 2016
Which then begs a separate question: when can we expect the official announcement to be made and what are some important dates to take into account?
By 6 August, Pogba will be back in Europe as it is the final day he can return from his post-Euro 2016 holiday. There are some who believe the decision may wait until Pogba has returned from his break.
Then on 7 August both Manchester United and Juventus are playing in London. We face off against Leicester in the Community Shield while Juventus play West Ham at their new Olympic Stadium in a friendly. It’s an important date because Jose Mourinho wants the deal to be over the line and finalised before kick-off, meaning there are four days left for that to happen including Wednesday night which is Wayne Rooney‘s testimonial which makes an announcement extremely unlikely on that day.
As well as Juventus and United, Adidas are having a real say in what happens with Pogba. As we’ve all seen with the promotional campaign, Mino Raiola’s tweets and Pogba’s cryptic messages, this well orchestrated media push behind Pogba’s move to United is part of a wider announcement plan which is coming to a crescendo.
If everything goes to plan, that crescendo will be before United kick-off against Leicester on Sunday but if any further delays come in – which has happened to us so often – then we may have to wait for the week leading up to our Premier League opener against Bournemouth.