Manchester United has officially announced the re-signing of France midfielder Paul Pogba, for world-record fee of £89 million. Confirming this on its official website manutd.com, the club said Paul joins on a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year.
The 23-year-old midfielder, makes his return after four years away, having left United for Juventus for £1.5 million in 2012.
Speaking on the club’s official website, Paul said:
“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 José Mourinho.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Juventus and have some fantastic memories of a great club with players that I count as friends. 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.”
José Mourinho said he strongly believes that Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team he want to build for the future.
Pogba is Mourinho’s fourth signing at United, after Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Armenia forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
United will be paying the Italian champions €105 m euros for Pogba, plus an aditional €5 million (£4.5 million) in performance-related bonuses and other costs, including €5 million if Pogba signs a new contract.
This fee surpasses the £85 million that Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Wales forward, Gareth Bale in 2013.
This will be the first time in 20 years an English club has set a world-record transfer fee, after Newcastle United paid £15 million (equivalent to £25 million today) to sign England striker, Alan Shearer from Blackburn Rovers in July 1996.
Paul Pogba, has been with Juventus for four seasons, making 124 appearances and scoring 28 goals. He joined the Bianconeri from United in 2012. He has won the Serie A title in each of his four seasons at Juventus.
The midfielder has been capped by France on 38 occasions, scoring 6 goals and was a member of the recent squad that reached the final of Euro 2016.