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The biggest 2016 summer transfers The £243.8m Pogba mega deal

The France international returns to Old Trafford from Serie A champions Juventus as a result of a transfer involving eye-watering figures

It has finally been announced. After a saga lasting most of the summer, Paul Pogba’s transfer represents a monumental pay-out by Manchester United. The fact Juventus will receive a world-record fee is just the start of the roll call of mind-boggling numbers involved in the Frenchman’s move.
The 23-year-old has become a United player again, just four years after leaving Old Trafford for a nominal compensation fee after the expiry of his contract in 2012. Having seen Pogba depart for Italy without a single first-team start to his name, the Red Devils surely can’t have foreseen forking out over £200 million for the midfielder to return to the north-west of England.
Because that is how much this deal will cost United when all is said and done. The £89.5m (€105m) transfer fee, which surpasses the £86m Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013 as the most expensive ever, fails to cover even half of the total cost to Jose Mourinho’s outfit. That figure itself could reach £93.8m (€110m) if certain clauses are met in the coming years.

A large reason for the protracted nature of the deal was the wrangling over which club would be expected to pay a substantial fee to Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola. In a bid to force the transfer through, United eventually accepted that it is they who will fork out the £20m pay-off to the Italo-Dutch ‘super agent’, taking the potential overall fee to £113.8m.

And then, of course, there is the player’s wages. While Pogba earned around £4m at the Juventus Stadium, he will see his salary increase manifold at Old Trafford. His £400,000 per week pre-tax earnings will see him pocket £220,000 after deductions, costing United a total of £20.8m per season.

Over the course of his five-year contract Pogba will therefore command a total of £104m, and if he stays for the optioned sixth season it will take United’s total potential expense during the course of his stay to at least £243.8m. As such, it sits high in the list of blockbuster deals to have been agreed over recent years, even when taking into account the extraordinary multi-layered packages involving the likes of Bale and Neymar.

Pogba left United four years ago as a young talent with a bright future ahead of him. He will return this week as a four-time Italian champion, one of the world’s best-paid players and the subject of the most expensive operation in Manchester United history.

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