Tuesday, August 9, 2016

OFFICIAL: Man Utd complete Pogba signing

The France midfielder has returned to Old Trafford
from Juventus, a mere four years after departing the
club for a nominal fee, and becomes the most
expensive transfer everManchester United have
completed the signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus for
an initial £89.5m.
Pogba left United to join Juve in 2012 but Jose
Mourinho has now re-acquired the France
international midfielder for a world-record transfer
The 23-year-old, who has long been linked with a
return to Old Trafford, has now become the most
expensive player in football history, overtaking the
deal that took Gareth Bale from Tottenham to Real
Madrid in 2013.
"Manchester United is delighted to announce that Paul
Pogba has completed his transfer from Italian club
Juventus," the club wrote on their official website.
"Paul joins on a five-year contract, with the option to
extend for a further year."
Pogba is reported to earn an astonishing £104m pre-
tax salary over five years, a figure that put off Real
Madrid, who were also in the running for his
signature, with Cristiano Ronaldo the only Los Blancos
star to earn more than that amount .
Juventus confirmed in a club statement on Tuesday
that they will receive €105m (£89.5m) initially, with a
further €5m payable if both sides activate certain
clauses. That would take the overall transfer fee to
The Frenchman made just seven appearances for
United during his initial stint with the club, and failed
to complete 90 minutes in the Premier League under
the management of Sir Alex Ferguson.
But while there was some bitterness on both sides at
his departure for Italy, Pogba has made the decision
to rejoin the club as they look to vastly improve on the
fifth-placed finish secured under Louis van Gaal in
The transfer represents the latest arrival under
Mourinho, with United having embarked on a major
recruitment drive this summer having already
acquired the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh
Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly.
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