Paul Pogba has officially returned to Manchester United in a world-record transfer from Juventus.
The long drawn out transfer saga has ended with Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward sealing a deal that sends out a serious statement of intent around world football.
Juventus, who splashed out a Serie A transfer record of £75.3million on Gonzalo Higuain in July, have allowed 23-year-old Pogba to return to Old Trafford after four supremely successful seasons in Turin.
Both parities confirmed the deal which looks set to rise over the £100m mark, with the France international signing a five-year contract with the Premier League side.
‘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,’ Pogba said.
‘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.’
It was thought the transfer was held up after Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, was in heated negotiations to iron out the fee he would receive for his work in the transfer. Raiola is set to pocket in excess of a staggering £20m.
Pogba joined the Manchester United youth academy in 2009 from French side Le Havre and, despite making his first team debut two years later, only made seven appearances for the club.
Pogba was disappointed with his lack of action under then manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Pogba made the bold move of allowing his contract to expire in order to force a free transfer to Juventus.
Pogba becomes Jose Mourinho’s fourth signing of the summer after recruiting Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Jose Mourinho said of the deal: ‘Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the future.
He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is. At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years. He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.’