Football: Mourinho says he is 'proud' of record-breaking Pogba move

France's midfielder Paul Pogba during the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between France and Iceland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on July 3.
France's midfielder Paul Pogba during the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between France and Iceland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on July 3. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his Premier League club should feel "proud" about signing Paul Pogba as the France midfielder moved closer to rejoining his former team in a world-record transfer.

Pogba, 23, is poised to complete a reported £89 million (S$157 million) switch to Old Trafford after United and Juventus confirmed on Sunday he was undergoing a medical check-up.

The fee will make the France midfielder the world's most expensive player and while Mourinho accepts that it is an eye-watering amount of money, he feels it is a sign of the English club's standing in the game.

"I don't think Real Madrid were upset when they broke the record with Gareth Bale, with Cristiano (Ronaldo)," Mourinho said after watching his side beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Community Shield at Wembley.

"When other people break records, I don't think it's a reason to be sad. I think it's a reason to be proud with the dimension of a club that can do that and can attract players of this dimension."

Mourinho expressed satisfaction with United's transfer business after seeing Ivorian centre-back Eric Bailly, Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sweden superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrive.

Bailly impressed against Leicester, Mkhitaryan made his official debut as a stoppage-time substitute and Ibrahimovic settled the game with a towering 83rd-minute header from Antonio Valencia's cross.