At the moment, the fee Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba isn’t looking like money well spent.
The Frenchman hasn’t set the Premier League alight since becoming the world’s most expensive player as Jose Mourinho’s side have had an indifferent start to the campaign.
While there’s no debating that fact that the fee paid for Pogba set a new world record, the actual figure has been widely discussed.
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But Juventus director, Beppe Marotta, has cleared up any confusion surrounding Pogba’s fee by revealing exactly how much they received from United - and how much Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, earned.
"He arrived from United and after four years with us he decided to return to England. He wanted to leave at all costs,” Marotta said at the club’s AGM, per the Mirror.
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"The price tag we asked was €105milllion plus €5m bonus in the case that the player renews his contract with the club or is sold for more than €50m.
"We made around €95m. Mino Raiola, his representative, will be paid €27m. Net of fees the profit on Pogba is around €72m.
"We didn't want to sell him. We wanted him to put roots down at Juventus.”
Right now, Juventus must be pretty delighted with that €72m of profit on Pogba, especially with them sitting atop of Serie A without him.
As for United, Juventus confirm that they spent a massive €95 million for Pogba - and there is bound to be plenty of added bonuses if Pogba wins trophies at Old Trafford or if he ever signs a new contract.
Right now, though, Pogba has come in for criticism for some of his performances as United find themselves off the pace in the Premier League.
Pogba compared to Ozil
However, some people believe that it’s a matter of time before he comes good. That includes pundit Ian Wright who claims that his ‘start’ to life in Manchester is similar to that of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.
"I believe it won’t be long before things click for Pogba and he becomes one of the best players in the league. It’s just a case of using him the right way," he wrote in The Sun.
"To me, there are similarities to Mesut Ozil when he first arrived at Arsenal and struggled. So get players around him to give Pogba the ball, channel the play through him."
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