Paul Pogba returns to Old Trafford for £89 million
Manchester United completed a world record £89 million transfer for Paul Pogba.
Formerly of Juventus, Pogba’s transfer broke the £85.3 million record involving Gareth Bale’s transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid back in 2013. Manchester United was active on social media attaching #POGBACK and #REUNITED to content related to the transfer. Pogba passed his medical and joined his teammates where he will wear No.6 for the club.
Pogba sat down for an interview to discuss the move. He praised the club and United boss Jose Mourinho saying, I am delighted to rejoin United, it has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am really looking forward to working with Jose Mourinho.” He went on to say, “But 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 gave thanks to Juventus saying, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Juventus and have some fantastic memories of a great club with players that I count as friends.” Pogba tweeted out to Juventus,
Thanks @juventusfc and all Juventini. Goodbye means nothing, it is the time we spent together that matters 🙏🏾❤
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 8, 2016
Analysts have criticized the move claiming the amount does not reflect Pogba’s playing ability. Many don’t believe he’ll live up to the amount involved. Mourinho countered the argument saying, “I don’t think Real Madrid was upset when they broke the record with Gareth Bale. I don’t think it is a reason to be sad. It is a reason to be proud with the dimension of the club that can do that and can attract players of this dimension. If you ask me if I think it is a lot of money, I think football is crazy, the market has become crazy. What you think this season is crazy you realize three years later is not crazy anymore. I think there are players who cost £10 million who are super expensive because they are players worth £400,000 or £500,000 or £1 million so what is expensive and not expensive in football? I don’t know anymore. I just know he is a big player that is going, for sure, to be important for a big club like Man United.”
Pogba is expected to make his debut on Sunday August 14th against AFC Bournemouth in United’s first match of the season.
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