Manchester United broke the transfer record this week when they completed the signing of Paul Pogba.
Though it was first thought that the Red Devils would break the £100 million barrier, they ended up paying Juventus £89m for the Frenchman.
But if you thought the Italian champions were £89m richer, think again.
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Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport have uncovered the full figures behind the most expensive deal in football history.
And Juventus might be regretting the day they ever crossed Mino Raiola.
Raiola pocketed a cool sum
The super agent, who represents Pogba, was desperate for a chunk of the midfielder’s transfer fee and didn’t care whether it was United or Juve who paid it.
Eventually, Juventus stumped up the cash. The Old Lady paid Raiola a staggering £21.4m for his involvement in the deal.
They call him a super agent for a reason.
Five per cent of the £89m went to Pogba’s former clubs, including Le Havre, Torcy and Roissy-en-Brie, meaning Juventus only received £62.1m.
We say only, £62.1m is still an insane amount of money. But when you consider £100m was once floated around, it’s incredibly anti-climactic from Juve’s point of view.
The breakdown goes a long way to explaining why the move took so long to be completed. United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, Raiola and Juve’s board will have spent days negotiating over the figures.
Juve have already spent Pogba’s money, splashing out £76m on Gonzalo Higuain. As fine a signing as the Argentine is, United certainly got the better end of the deal.
Mourinho defended the cost
Jose Mourinho has been criticised for spending so much on bringing Pogba back to the club, with Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp both questioning the fee.
But the Portuguese has defended the cost, instead saying United should be proud to hold the transfer record.
"I don't think Real Madrid were upset when they broke the record with Gareth Bale,” the United boss said, per Sky Sports. “I don't think it is a reason to be sad.
“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.”
Wenger labelled Pogba’s fee “completely crazy”, but Mourinho argues the extravagant price simply reflects modern football.
The 53-year-old continued: “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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