Manchester United fans are still enjoying the novelty of Paul Pogba in a red shirt again but Hernan Crespo has warned them that their club may have overpaid for his services.
The France international became the most expensive footballer of all time when United agreed to pay £89million to sign him from Juventus.
Pogba's first few games for the Red Devils have yet to show him at his best but there is plenty of confidence that the 23-year-old will eventually shine through to justify the incredible outlay.
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But former Argentina striker Crespo believes Juventus may have got the better end of the deal, especially as they reinvested a large portion of his transfer fee in signing him compatriot Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli.
Higuain set an all-time Serie A record last season by scoring 36 goals in 35 appearances and Juventus decided to invest an incredible £75m in meeting his release clause and Crespo believes that deal makes a lot more sense than Pogba's.
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“Nobody gives you anything for free, especially not in football,” Crespo told La Nacion. “If Juventus paid so much to get Higuain from Napoli, it means he’s worth that money.
“In my view, it is logical to pay €90m for a striker who scored 36 goals in a single season. It’s far more logical than Manchester United paying €110m for Pogba.
“I say that with all due respect for the Frenchman, who is a great midfielder.”
Case for defence
Jose Mourinho, who requested the arrival of Pogba before he had even become Manchester United manager, has already had to come to the defence of his new club after the deal was announced.
The Special One, who has never shied away from spending big to get the players he wants, says United should feel proud for owning the world transfer record.
"I don't think Real Madrid were upset when they broke the record with Gareth Bale. I don't think it is a reason to be sad," he said last month. "It is a reason to be proud with the dimension of the club that can do that and can attract players of this dimension.
"If you ask me if I think it is a lot of money, I think football is crazy, the market has become crazy.
"What you think this season is crazy you realise three years later is not crazy anymore. I think there are players who cost £10m who are super expensive because they are players £400,000 or £500,000 or £1m so what is expensive and not expensive in football? I don't know anymore."
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