Monday, 1 August 2016

The astonishing numbers behind Man Utd's mega deal for Pogba

The astonishing numbers behind Man Utd's mega deal for Pogba
The France international is set to return to Old Trafford from Serie A champions Juventus as a result of a transfer involving eye-watering figures

When it is finally completed after a saga lasting most of the summer, Paul Pogba’s transfer will represent 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 is set to become a United player again this week, 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 £92m 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.

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 overall fee to £112m.

And then, of course, there is the player’s wages. While Pogba currently earns around £4m at the Juventus Stadium, he is set to 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, taking United’s total potential expense during the course of his stay to at least £216m. 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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