Five players that have made sensational returns to their former club

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In case you haven’t heard, Paul Pogba is on the verge of a sensational return to Manchester United.

The Frenchman left Old Trafford for Juventus at the end of his contract in 2012, with the Red Devils collecting just £800,000 in compensation.

Four years and four Serie A titles later, and the midfielder is worth £100m. Well, that’s according to United who are ready to smash the record transfer fee and are willing to pay that much for their former player.

Of course, Pogba isn’t the first player, nor will he be the last, to return to his former club. Mario Gotze, Denis Suarez and Alvaro Morata have done just that this summer - while Romulu Lukaku has been heavily linked with a move back to Chelsea.

But how have players fared when returning to their old clubs? Well, we’ve had a look at five players that have made sensational returns to their former clubs and rated their performance.

Thierry Henry | Arsenal

Henry was a legend at the north London club so returning was always a risky move. The Frenchman already smashed the club’s record goalscoring record - scoring 226 goals in seven seasons - and helped them to win numerous trophies. In fact, he spearheaded the Gunners to the title in 2003/04 where they went the entire campaign unbeaten. His return was limited to just seven matches but he managed a winner against Leeds in the FA Cup plus a crucial late decider against Sunderland in his final match which helped them finish third - one point above Tottenham.

Rating: 7/10

Robbie Fowler | Liverpool

Like Henry, Fowler was returning to a club that he was already a legend at. The striker left Anfield after nine seasons, making a £12million move to Leeds. Four years later, Fowler was back on Merseyside after a spell at Manchester City. While he clearly wasn’t in peak condition, Fowler still managed to score 12 times during two campaigns of being a bit-part figure at the club.

Rating: 6/10

Didier Drogba | Chelsea

Drogba’s last match for Chelsea during his first spell at Stamford Bridge was the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich. A late equaliser, plus the winning penalty in the shootout, somehow still wasn’t enough for him to earn a new contract at the Blues. Instead, he left for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua before moving to Galatasaray. It took two years for Chelsea to realise their mistake and re-sign a 36-year-old Drogba. It was too late, though. Seven goals in 40 appearances suggested that Drogba was past his best - but he still helped his side lift the Premier League.

Rating: 5/10

Paul Scholes | Manchester United

Ok, this one may be slightly different, but it was a return of some sorts. Scholes retired from football following the 2010/11 campaign after an incredible 18 seasons at Old Trafford. But, in January 2012, he was coaxed out of retirement by Sir Alex Ferguson due to an injury crisis. While he couldn’t inspire his side to Premier League glory during the remainder of that campaign, he did the following year. He may have been well into his thirties at the time, but Scholes still dictated play with his incredible passing. Shame about his tackling.

Rating: 8/10

Fernando Torres | Atletico Madrid

Fernando Torres was a hero at Atleti before his move to England. While he was brilliant for Liverpool, he really struggled at Chelsea and his career appeared to be coming to a very disappointing conclusion. However, Diego Simeone rescued him and brought him back to his boyhood club. It may have been seven years after leaving but Torres showed glimpses of that promising striker that was once at Vicente Calderon. He’s now been back at Atleti for two seasons and helped them to reach the Champions League final last campaign with 12 goals in all competitions. He’s now getting ready for what could be his final seasons at Atletico Madrid colours.

Rating: 7/10

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Thierry Henry
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Didier Drogba
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