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Mourinho confirms that Paul Pogba is a United target

Paul Pogba is a target for Manchester United their manager José Mourinho all but confirmed to the BBC in an interview given in China.

Mourinho confirms that Paul Pogba is a United target
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Mourinho hints that Pogba is on Man United's agenda

Paul Pogba is a target for Manchester United their manager José Mourinho all but confirmed to the BBC in an interview given in China.

The Portuguese coach told the BBC it would be pointless to pull the wool over their eyes and say he and United weren't courting Italian champions Juventus's 23-year-old playmaker, who could cost the English club a world record £100million ($131m, 119m euros) just four years after he left them for £800,000.

“You have smoke, you have fire”, said Mourinho, who is in Shanghai with the squad for the International Champions Cup, involving city rivals Manchester City - and Borussia Dortmund who they meet today. “I am not going to try to make you naive and believe that we are not trying for one player”

However, Mourinho, who replaced the sacked Louis van Gaal shortly after the Dutchman had overseen United win the FA Cup last season, said if the Pogba deal fell through there was a fallback option. Pogba's French international team-mate the tireless Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi has been mentioned as an alternative.

“We set four targets for us, we got three of them and we are going to get the fourth” the manager added. “We established the profile of four players to improve the squad, to give us more options, especially adapted to my way of thinking about football. Everybody speaks about one, but it wouldn't be a surprise for me if it is not him and it is another one because we went for profile. We have two more options in front of us and we are going to close one”.

Mourinho's three successful forays into the market since he took over have been bringing veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in on a free transfer, signing young Ivorian defender Eric Bailly for £30million from Villarreal and splashing out a fee believed to be between £26 million and £35m for Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund.

United finished fifth in the Premier League last season, 15 points behind surprise champions Leicester City, and failed to qualify for the Champions League.