Manchester United have been left reeling with the news that Paul Pogba has agreed a deal with Juventus.
The 18-year-old rising star, regarded as the jewel in the academy crown at Old Trafford, had made four senior appearances for the Red Devils this season.
Only one of those has come in the Premier League however, with the teenager featuring three times in the League Cup competition - where Sir Alex Ferguson has largely used Manchester United reserve and youth players.
Expected to feature against Ajax in the Europa League last month, the Frenchman was surprisingly left out of the squad, and has now subsequently signed a £1 million-a-year deal in Italy.
Agent Mino Raiola has brokered the deal, and is expected to profit heavily from the switch.
Pogba joined Manchester United in controversial circumstances back in 2009, but after a lack of chances at senior level, is set to test his hand in Serie ‘A’.
Out of contract at the end of season, Ferguson is only likely to receive a small sum in compensation from the Old Lady, with The Daily Telegraph suggesting it could be as little as £300,000.
Pogba’s exit sees the French youth international follow in the footsteps of Ravel Morrison, who switch from Manchester United to West Ham in January after several off-field indiscretions.
Whilst Pogba’s case was separate to that of Morrison, it brings to an end another saga that will not have pleased Ferguson, as AC Milan, Arsenal and Manchester City were all circling around the youngster as his situation was played out publicly.