Pic: Juventus appear to have given away Paul Pogba's squad number 5 years ago

Pic: Juventus appear to have given away Paul Pogba's squad number

This is a sign.

A sign that the most drawn-out summer transfer story in recent memory has descended into further tedium.

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The biggest indictment on the football transfer window (beyond the ridiculous transfer fees and Jim White attempting to make Crystal Palace signing James Tomkins seem exciting) is that when a transfer does actually occur, the sense of anti-climax is palpable.

If Manchester United, one of the world's biggest clubs, signing Paul Pogba, one of the world's most highly-rated midfielders, for a world record fee can become a snorefest, then what chance does any transfer have of being exciting?

Social media is built on the concept of instant gratification, but transfers are, by their nature, protracted and a complicated process to complete. And while fans wait on the deal to go through, every little detail, from a man sitting at a desk, to the holiday destination of the player, is scrutinised for clues on the outcome of the transfer.

Here's another hint transfer sleuths can pour over - a Juventus jersey, allegedly on sale in an adidas store in Paris, with Paulo Dybala's name on a number 10 jersey - Pogba's squad number with the Italian champions.

It's a sign of one thing for sure - the return of football can't come soon enough.

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