It took what felt like an eternity, but in the early hours of Tuesday 9th of August the new world record fee had been paid for Paul Labile Pogba.
Man Utd have signed a world class player and to seal the deal you need to pay a world class fee.
A man who was let go by the Old Trafford side just 4 years ago for a reported £800K after Sir Alex took a dislike to demands being asked by Pogba’s representatives.
£89,000,000 was sent between accounts in Manchester and Turin for the French international midfielder with one main question being asked post completion…Is he worth it?
The answer is a simple yes and allow us to explain why.
Since leaving Manchester and making his debut for Juve in Sept 2012, he has been their stand out performer from the middle of the park. His stats for his 4 seasons in Italy make for impressive reading:-
|2012-13||37||5||Serie A Title|
|2013-14||51||9||Serie A Title / Supercoppa Italiana|
|2014-15||41||10||Serie A Title / Coppa Italia|
|2015-16||49||10||Serie A Title / Coppa Italia / Supercoppa Italiana|
Add into this an unexpected Champions League final appearance in 2015 and 8 high ranking individual accolades and you have a serial winner.
The Premier League is on course to break the £1billion barrier for the 1st time in the current window and with that, it’s fair to say that we live in a world of scary and shocking transfer fees. Take a look at some of the players and attached fees, some of these make the Pogba deal look more than shrewd.
- Yannik Bolasie £25m – An inconsistent winger
- James Chester £9m – A defender deemed surplus at West Brom
- Gonzalo Higuain £75m – A goal scorer but absent in the biggest games
- All Chinese Super League inbound transfers – Pure madness!
Pogba has matured into a genuine world class footballer and is now at one of the biggest clubs in the world once again. His name will drive up shirt sales, attract new sponsors, gain additional fans and raise the clubs’ profile even further.
£89m will prove a drop in the ocean spread over the next 7-10 years that you’d expect him to wear the red of Manchester. Also combine the deal with the free transfer of Zlatan and you have an enviable summer window.
Paul Pogba is worth every penny paid by Man Utd!
Burnley Manager Sean Dyche gave a frank and honest interview on Talk Sport recently, something we would encourage all to find and listen to. In the midst of Dyche detailing the media fascinations with foreign coaches and training methods he spoke about transfer fees. Burnley cut their cloth accordingly and simply cannot over spend. He stated that an unnamed club quoted a fee for a player but were open enough to tell the Turf Moor outfit to add £2m to the price, purely because they were a Premier League side. Now you could call this jealousy, but let’s be honest it’s just chairmen out to grab a share of the well documented riches. If top tier clubs get top tier money then you’re going to have to expect to pay inflated prices.
Ultimately no footballer is worth £89m and realistically no footballer is worth £20m but the TV money controls the game at the highest level .
Expect the record Pogba fee to stand for a time but certainly not for a long one. You have to wonder who is going to be the £100m player in the not too distant future.