Paul Pogba's Manchester United return was planned as early as 2013

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At long last, the Paul Pogba saga is over. This week finally saw one of the most drawn out transfer stories in Premier League history reach its climax and in world record breaking fashion.

Manchester United offloaded the French midfielder to Juventus for just £1.5 million in 2012, yet had to part with £89 million to seal his return.

With rumours of the move stretching back to the very end of the 2015-16 campaign, many are relieved it’s concluded. However, it has emerged that the saga was even longer than popularly believed, three years longer in fact.


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Expensive mistake

The Red Devils certainly lived to regret selling Pogba to Juventus. After all, it didn’t take long for the 23-year-old to become one of the finest midfielder’s in the game.

Consequently, selling the Frenchman for such a minute fee certainly appears negligent. Then again, hindsight is convenient.

Nonetheless, it now appears incorrect to assume it took until this year for United to want to atone for their mistake. In fact, according to the BBC, the Old Trafford side paved the way for a return just weeks after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

2013 roots

The stumbling block for a swift return proved Ferguson. The legendary manager had a notoriously frosty relationship with Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola.

As soon as the Scot left however, Ed Woodward met with Raiola in 2013 and a potential return was discussed. After all, the Red Devils had continued to scrupulously monitor Pogba since his Italian switch.

Nonetheless, even with Ferguson out of the equation, no deal emerged and it would take a further three years for the proposal to take hold.

It must be hypothesized however, that if United had sealed the U-turn transfer in 2013 that they would have saved themselves considerable currency. Whether the 23-year-old would have developed as much is questionable though.

So it appears that one of the most prolonged transfer stories had actually been in the works for years, the Old Trafford side’s patience paid off in the end though.

They’ve bought who they wanted, it’s now just a question of whether they bought what they wanted.

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