Paul Pogba signs for Manchester United: 10 of the greatest transfers

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Manchester United fans who stayed up late on Monday night were treated to a club/world record transfer as Paul Pogba joined the Red Devils from Juventus for an estimated fee of £89m.

As the world record for the highest transfer fee was shattered again, we look at how player values have soared through the years.

1893 - Willie Groves joins Aston Villa

The first player to be transferred since football became professional was Willie Groves, a Scottish forward who joined Aston Villa from West Bromwich Albion for just £100.


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Today, £100 can buy you tickets for a couple of Premier League matches.

1904 - Andy McCombie joins Newcastle United

It took over ten years for the somewhat minuscule transfer record to be broken. That record was achieved by Groves' fellow countryman, Andy McCrombie, who joined Newcastle United from Sunderland for £700. Today, that could buy you a season ticket to watch Crystal Palace at home this season.

Throughout the 20th century, the transfer record was frequently topped, but it was in 1932 when a significant transfer took place.

1932 - Bernabe Ferreyra joins River Plate

After just under a couple of decades of small rises in the record transfer fee, Bernabe Ferreyra's transfer from Tigre to River Plate in 1932 for £23,000 caused a seismic tremor in international football. Not only was the Argentine the first international player to have broken the transfer record, but he slaughtered it with an increase of nearly £13,000 on the previous record, held by David Jack. 

After that transfer, it became evident that the record would soon surpass the £100,000 mark. 

1961 - Luis Suarez joins Inter Milan

Don't get confused, now. The Luis Suarez that we know in modern day football isn't that old. However, his namesake joined Inter Milan from Barcelona in 1961 for £152,000, trumping the previous record of £93,000 in the process. 

The Spaniard was an instrumental player in his day, winning the Ballon d'Or, as well as been regarded as one of Spain's greatest players ever, so it's easy to see why Inter paid so much for him at the time.

Unsurprisingly, the record continued to be broken through the years, until in 1975 it reached yet another landmark.

1975 - Guiseppe Savoldi joins Napoli

Napoli certainly earned their money's worth in 1975 when they broke the million barrier for Guiseppe Savoldi.

The Italian club spent £1.2m on the forward, who made 118 appearances and scored 55 goals in his four-year tenure in Naples.

With the record soaring, surely it wouldn't be long until it reached £10m?

1992 - Jean-Pierre Papin joins AC Milan 

In answer to the previous question, it took 17 years for that milestone to be reached. And it was Frenchman Jean-Pierre Papin who made the switch from Marseille in his home country to join AC Milan in 1992 for a figure of £10m exactly in order to be throned the new world's most expensive footballer. 

The fee is understandable when looking at his goalscoring record of 228 goals in 438 games, which is pretty impressive going, even compared to modern-day footballers, who are priced at over £50m.

1996 - Alan Shearer joins Newcastle United

Arguably one of the best forwards to ever grace the Premier League became the first Englishman to break the transfer record in 45 years. 

Newcastle United purchased the Geordie for £15m in one of the best transfers that football has ever seen as Shearer notched 148 goals in 303 games, aiding him towards the crown that is the Premier League's all-time top scorer.

The now football pundit was soon dethroned as the most expensive player by Ronaldo, who was then seen off by Denilson a year later, but it was in 2009 when headlines were broken once again.

2009 - Kaka joins Real Madrid

In recent years, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Hernan Crespo had been the world's most expensive player, but it was Kaka's time to take a seat on the throne in 2009 when he joined Real Madrid from AC Milan for a staggering £56m, becoming the first player to cost £50m or more.

Regarded and respected as one of the world's greatest ever, Kaka is enjoying the end of his illustrious career in the States with MLS side Orlando City SC. Plenty a goal at the Citrus Bowl has seen the 34-year-old's club career total of goals reach 137.

2009 - Cristiano Ronaldo joins Real Madrid

Kaka had hardly been the most expensive player for a few weeks before he was stripped of that title by a new teammate at the Bernabeu - Cristiano Ronaldo, whose tantalising skills at Manchester United had lured Real Madrid into an explosive £80m deal.

To this day, the Portuguese is still proving his money's worth, scoring tons of goals each season. 

2013 - Gareth Bale joins Real Madrid

After Ronaldo's astronomical move to Real, it seemed highly unlikely that his fee would be beaten. But every football fan was stunned when a Welshman by the name of Gareth Bale made an £86m switch from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. 

Bale, who once starred for Southampton's youth academy a decade ago, formerly in League One, not only joined one of Europe's giants, but became the world's most expensive player, which makes this story so hard to believe, but also so inspirational to young footballers.

2016 - Paul Pogba joins Manchester United

France international Paul Pogba may well have departed Old Trafford on a free transfer in 2012, but he has now completed a stunning £89m return to the Premier League club.

The question that now needs to be answered is can the central midfielder live up to his price tag? The ironic thing is that every previous transfer record breaker has moved mountains at their clubs respectively.

Pogba was hit and miss at the recent Euro tournament in his home nation, which is why so many United fans are slightly overwhelmed by the fee paid by Jose Mourinho.

What do you think about Pogba's transfer? Will he flop or will he be a key man at Old Trafford? Let us know in the comments down below!

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