Liverpool are already staring down the barrel of a shocking season. But Paul Pogba should be an unlikely source of transfer reassurance for owners FSG. The list of the top 20 most expensive football transfers of all time is a surprisingly hit-and-miss affair. Romelu Lukaku features on it twice, with both moves going down as major flops. Liverpool’s sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona sits in third place. But perhaps nobody surpasses Paul Pogba, whose move to Manchester United still ranks as one of the 10 most expensive deals in history — bookended by two separate free transfers to Juventus.
Paul Pogba faces a race against time to be fit for the 2022 World Cup after it was confirmed he will return from injury just 10 days before the first ball is kicked in Qatar. The Frenchman joined Juventus for a second this summer after departing Manchester United but saw his sensational return ruined by an injury in pre-season. Pogba originally opted for a shorter and riskier treatment as he attempted to get substantial playing minutes under his belt in Italy but changed his mind after and underwent surgery last week.
Juventus have confirmed the signing of Angel Di Maria on a free transfer following his departure from PSG. The Argentina international left the French champions following the expiry of his contract in the summer. Di Maria racked up 295 appearances for PSG during his seven years at the club. The forward also chipped in with 92 goals across all competitions. While in Paris, the 34-year-old claimed five league titles, 13 domestic cups and also reached the 2019/20 Champions League final – one which ended in defeat against Bayern Munich.