The figure being quoted is around £92m which eclipses the fee Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale.
But is that really the cost? No, it’s just a tip of the iceberg.
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. When he left he didn’t have even a single first team start to his name, but now Pogba is actually going to cost Man United over £200m over the course of his stay. Crazy right? Well here’s a breakdown of the numbers…
A large sticking point during negotiations was the expensive fees of Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola. In a bid to force the transfer through, United eventually relented and they will fork out the £20m pay-off to the ‘super agent’, taking the overall fee to £112m.
And then there’s the wages.
Pogba is expected to earn around £400,000 per week pre-tax. This is a significant increase from his £4m a year at Juventus as he’s looking at a mindboggling £20.8m a year now at £220,000 a week post-tax.
Over the course of his five-year contract Pogba will, therefore, command a total of £104m, taking United’s total potential expense during the course of his stay to at least £216m.
And here’s for a player who left on a free.