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Pogba Transfer: 100 Million Pounds is Not a Crazy Sum for United

File photo of Paul Pogba. (Getty Images)

File photo of Paul Pogba. (Getty Images)

United are not concerned about money as they are well aware that they will recover that money through jersey sales and other sponsorship deals within two to three years.

Abhishek Nandwani
  • News18.com
  • Last Updated: July 20, 2016, 8:01 PM IST
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Almost every football club will be reluctant to spend 100 million pounds on a single player. That's a crazy sum of money! But Manchester United's 100-million-pound Paul Pogba move is not as crazy as it seems.

Red Devils' infamously let the midfielder leave the club for free in 2012 as he went on to join the Italian giants Juventus, prompting then manager Sir Alex Ferguson to slam him for showing no respect to the club.

He has now claimed four straight Serie A titles with the Old Lady and has shown that he is one of the finest midfielders in the world at the moment. A number of clubs were after him but no one was ready to match the whopping sum of money and wages United have offered the French midfielder.

United, in transition for the last three years, are not in the Champions League next season but despite that they have already got big names like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in their kitty, and new manager Jose Mourinho is desperate to add the marquee name Pogba in the squad.

People have raised eyebrows that United are getting desperate for big names but that is not the case nowadays. United are one of the most marketable club in the world and have 69 commercial deals in place, which is more than double of any other Premier League side.

Gareth Bale's record 86-million-pound move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid may have seemed crazy in 2013 but now with the extraordinary TV funding and sponsorship deals, transfer fees have almost lost all meaning and 100 million pound doesn't sound as crazy as it used to be.

Paying a bomb for a player who you allowed to leave for nothing in 2012 may seem like disastrous piece of business, but United are not concerned about money as they are well aware that they will recover that money through jersey sales and other sponsorship deals within two to three years.

Although United have lots of midfielders up their sleeve, not one of them is considered a great in that position to change the game on his own. Pogba is one of those stars and surely he will have a big impact in the English Premier League if he ends up there.

But at the same time, United should be careful while negotiating this deal.

The Red Devils have tried these big transfer moves in recent years as they have tried to sign Sergio Ramos, Neymar and Thomas Muller; but all those efforts fell flat. United's CEO, Ed Woodward, has in the past been criticised for the way he handled transfers, but this year he has been pretty impressive bu getting Jose, Ibra and Mkhitaryan deals.

Fans have started to beleive that sooner than later Pogba will end up at Old Trafford; and if this deal goes through then it will be a big statement of intent by United that they can attract players despite not being in the Champions League, and they are just not afraid to spend crazy amount of money if they want a deal done.

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