Paul Pogba rejoins Manchester United for world-record £89m

 |Aug 9, 2016
French international Paul Pogba will be the heartbeat of Manchester United for next decade.
French international Paul Pogba will be the heartbeat of Manchester United for next decade.

Jose Mourinho has finally landed Paul Pogba, who he had chased all summer, for Manchester United.

Pogba, who has won 38 caps for France and the Serie A title with Juventus four times, rejoins United for a world-record £89m fee.

United will pay the Italian champions 105m euros for Pogba, plus 5m euros (£4.5m) in performance-related bonuses and other costs.

It surpasses Wales forward Gareth Bale’s £85m move to Real Madrid from Spurs in 2013 as the biggest transfer deal in history.

It will be the first time in 20 years an English club has paid a world-record fee – Alan Shearer’s move to Newcastle United from Blackburn Rovers for £15m was the last.

The French international rejoins the Red Devils on a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year.

 

Paul Pogba said “the time is right to go back to Old Trafford”.

Match of the Day presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: “The signing of Pogba by Man Utd is a watershed moment for the Premier League. First time a huge foreign star in his prime has come to England.”

He added that the wealth of the Premier League meant “more of the greats will come here and not just to Barca and Real Madrid”.

When challenged about other big names such as Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez, Yaya Toure and Angel Di Maria, Lineker responded: “Either Barca cast-offs, not genuine superstars or built their reputation here”.

Pogba, who signed a five-year deal, added: “This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to.”

He expressed his delight in rejoining United, saying that the club always had a “special place in my heart.”

“I feel the time is right to go back to Old Trafford. I always enjoyed playing in front of the fans and can’t wait to make my contribution to the team. This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to in the game.”

He will be an integral part of a Manchester United team that Mourinho is building at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils manager said the France international could be “the heart of the club” for the next decade.

 

 

Obviously delighted to have signed Pogba, Mourinho described the world’s most expensive footballer as “among the best in the world”.

“He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is.

“At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years.

“He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.”

Former Manchester United and England captain Bryan Robson said Pogba had the potential to be the world’s best.

“He’s a terrific player. When he was at the club, he showed great ability and he’s got a good attitude.

“He went to Juventus and has matured, he’s come on as a player, and I think it’s a really good signing.

“If you look at the age of him, 23, we’re buying a young player which is good,” Robson told MUTV.

The 23-year-old midfielder returns after four years away, having left United for Juventus for £1.5m in 2012.

Pogba is Mourinho’s fourth signing at United, after Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, former Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Armenia forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Pogba joined United from French club Le Havre in 2009 as a 16-year-old, but made just a handful of appearances before his contract expired in July 2012.

He has made 178 appearances for Juventus, scoring 34 goals, and helped the club reach the 2015 Champions League final.

The midfielder has been capped by France on 38 occasions, scoring six goals and was a member of the recent squad that reached the final of Euro 2016.

The Serie A side had offered him a new contract, while Real Madrid had shown interest to sign him.

Pogba said his mum told him he would return to Old Trafford and that it was his “destiny”.

Pogba recalled that he left Manchester United previously because he felt  “frustrated” and “disgusted” because former manager Sir Alex Ferguson did not play him.

Paul Pogba left Manchester United in 2012, feeling frustrating when former manager Alex Ferguson did not play him.
Paul Pogba left Manchester United in 2012, feeling frustrating when former manager Alex Ferguson did not play him.

Former France striker Thierry Henry believes he can go on to become “one of the best in history” while fellow World Cup winner Patrick Vieira described him as an “extraordinary player” and said it was a “mistake” for Manchester City not to sign him from United

United legend Ryan Giggs said Pogba “has got everything”

France legend Zinedine Zidane thinks Pogba is a “complete player”

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said in May 2015 that Pogba “needs to stop showboating in midfield” and that he makes “avoidable” mistakes

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims Pogba was in a “maturing period” and will not find his best form until the age of 26

Former England striker Gary Lineker asked during Euro 2016 if he was “the world’s most overrated player”

Ex-United midfielder Paul Scholes had questioned Pogba’s reported £86m valuation, saying he was “nowhere worth that kind of money yet”

Earlier, former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville had said: “I think it is a big fee, but the Premier League was losing players left, right and centre to Spain – all the grade A players.

“We couldn’t entice players to come here and we couldn’t keep them when we had the best ones. At least now it looks like we are signing a player who would be regarded as a top signing of the summer.”

Pogba’s honours included under-20 World Cup winner and player of the tournament (2013), four Serie A titles (2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016), two each Italian Cups (2015 & 2016) and Italian Super Cups (2014 & 2015)

Most recent five times the world transfer record was broken –

2013 – Gareth Bale £86m (Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid)

2009 – Cristiano Ronaldo £80m (Manchester United to Real Madrid)

2009 – Kaka £56m (AC Milan to Real Madrid)

2001 – Zinedine Zidane £46m (Juventus to Real Madrid)

2000 – Luis Figo £37m (Barcelona to Real Madrid)

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