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Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to clinch Paul Pogba deal as soon as possible

By Mark Ogden

Jose Mourinho is keen for Manchester United to complete a deal for Paul Pogba ahead of next month's Community Shield encounter with Leicester City, despite Juventus preparing to hold out for a world record £100m fee for the France midfielder.

Mourinho, who began pre-season preparations with his United squad at the Aon Training Complex yesterday, has already signed Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan since succeeding Louis van Gaal as manager six weeks ago.

The Portuguese has identified Pogba as his key summer acquisition, however, and United are confident that a deal can be struck for the 23-year-old.

With Barcelona out of the running, and Real Madrid only prepared to offer £60m, United believe they are in pole position to re-sign the Frenchman.

Ed Woodward, United's executive vice-chairman, has held lengthy discussions with Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, this summer when negotiating the deals for his other clients Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan.

Meanwhile, Mourinho's backroom staff have been confirmed and trusted lieutenant Rui Faria has become assistant manager.

Mourinho first met Faria at Barcelona before he worked as Mourinho's fitness coach during his time in charge of Uniao de Leiria in Portugal and followed him to Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

Coaches Silvino Louro, who has been with Mourinho for more than a decade having started out as his goalkeeping coach, Ricardo Formosinho and Carlos Lalin - who also have previous experience working with the Portuguese - and Emilio Alvarez have all been confirmed as members of the coaching staff along with analyst Giovanni Cerra.

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