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The most expensive football transfers in history

French star Paul Pogba has moved from Juventus to Manchester United for a reported 89 million pounds which would be make him the world's most expensive player if confirmed. Here are the most expensive transfers in football history:

Paul Pogba (FRA) Juventus to Manchester United - 89 million pounds ($116.4 million, 105 million euros)

Manchester United had been linked to offers for Pogba even when Louis Van Gaal was still coach. But the machine really started turning when Jose Mourinho took over on his mission to get United back into the Champions League frontrunners. The fact that Pogba had played for United as a teenager and was released for a pittance makes the transfer even more incredible. For a while Real Madrid had been contenders for Pogba's signature.

Gareth Bale (WAL) Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid - £85.1m - 2013

Welsh forward whose performances for an attractive Spurs side persuaded Real to bid for him. The English side could not refuse such advances and let their star man go. He has built on his career at the Santiago Bernabeu with two Champions League titles, scoring in the final of the first of the two against Atletico Madrid. His experience in La Liga helped him lead Wales in their memorable run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals. Bale also scored a stunning winner in the Copa del Rey final against Real's arch rivals Barcelona in 2014.

Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) Manchester United to Real Madrid £83.7m - 2009

Real Madrid came calling for the Portuguese master with what was then a world-record bid. Ronaldo was keen to join, and since arriving in the Spanish capital he has become their all-time top goalscorer and consistently set records in the Champions League, which he has won three times in his career, twice with Real. He has achieved all this despite the hottest of competition from Barcelona's Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi, who still leads in the overall La Liga scoring charts.

Gonzalo Higuain (ARG) Napoli to Juventus £75.3m - 2016

Juventus paid the biggest fee for a domestic transfer in history when they matched Higuain's buy-out clause of 90 million euros to bring the Argentinian to Turin from Napoli last month. The 28-year-old former Real Madrid striker top-scored in Serie A last season with a record-equalling 36 goals as Napoli finished second to Juve. Coach Massimiliano Allegri led Juventus to a record fifth consecutive league title in 2016, but he will be hoping that Higuain can help his side improve in Europe, after following up their 2015 Champions League final defeat to Barcelona with a last-16 exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Luis Suarez (URU) Liverpool to Barcelona £75m - 2014

Barcelona didn't hesitate to sign the striker despite his shame at the World Cup finals when -- for the third time -- he bit an opponent, this time Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. As a result Suarez was unable to play competitively or train with them for four months, but once his ban was over he repaid them in full. No disgraceful incidents have followed and he ended his first season with them by scoring in the Champions League final win over Juventus. His trident attacking partnership with Messi and Neymar yielded a La Liga record for three forwards of 122 goals that campaign. Scored a hat-trick to seal the league title for Barca last term and went on to complete the domestic double in a season in which he grabbed a staggering 58 goals.

Neymar (BRA) Santos to Barcelona £71.5m - 2013

Off the pitch alleged shenanigans over how much went to the player, his family and to the selling club itself have dogged Barcelona over the transfer of Neymar, who on the pitch has shone for them in their brilliant three-pronged attack. The Brazilian shrugged off an injury that ended his 2014 World Cup campaign early to play a pivotal role in Barcelona's Champions League success. Like Suarez, he scored in that final against Juventus, and collected La Liga and Copa del Rey winners medals. There was no let-up last term either as he scored in the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla. Legal problems still hover over the transfer despite a high court judge ruling that he didn't believe it could be pursued in the courts -- as the prosecutor takes issue with that decision.

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Paul Pogba said he had fulfilled the "destiny" foreseen by his mother as he completed a return to Manchester United from Juventus on Tuesday for a world record fee.

United confirmed Pogba had signed a five-year contract but did not specify the transfer fee. However, in an interview with MUTV, United's in-house television station, Pogba was asked "how does it feel to be the world?s most expensive footballer?".

British media have estimated the value of Pogba's transfer at £89 million ($116.4 million, 105 million euros).

That would see the 23-year-old eclipse the £85 million Real Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur for Gareth Bale in 2013.

The astronomical figures are even more remarkable given Pogba left Old Trafford for less than a million pound compensation fee after his contract expired in 2012.

With the long-running transfer saga only formally concluded in the early hours of Tuesday morning, UK time, there was no formal press conference to announce Pogba's return.

Instead, United released a statement on their website and then published an interview Pogba had given to MUTV.

Asked about his return, Pogba said his mother had been proved right.

"I think it's destiny, I would say it's destiny. First my mum told me I would come back here and I told her, 'You never know, we'll see'.

"For myself as well it's a big challenge too, just to come back to where I came from, where I grew up, where I started. I just didn't finish what I started here so I think I came here to finish it," added Pogba, who made just seven first-team appearances during his previous spell with the English giants.

"My mum, she says, 'Your mum is always right' so she was right this time," insisted Pogba, who won four consecutive Italian Serie A titles with Juventus and featured in hosts nation France's run to the Euro 2016 final.

- 'Come back home' -

The midfielder was adamant he would not be distracted by talk of the price tag.

"The thing with me is I only think about the pitch," he said. "I want to do great, I want to be one of the best.

"I want to win titles, I want to achieve things and that's all -- that's why I came here, just to do this, to become one of the best and to win titles because I know this club has to win titles."

United have not won the Premier League since legendary manager Alex Ferguson, who had a strained relationship with Pogba's agent, retired in 2013.

But Pogba said he was ready to help the club return to winning ways under new manager Jose Mourinho, the former Chelsea boss.

"This club is created to win titles, to win things, to win big things. I am focused about this and that's it. I'm just ready to go and work on that and just kill it."

An emotional Pogba said coming back to United's Carrington training ground was like returning home.

"There's no words, to be honest, there's no words. I just came back to Carrington. It was like I'd just came back home. I just went for a holiday...

"I'm happy and I see everyone, the same persons. It's just a great feeling, to be honest."

His transfer completed a highly intense 'off-season' for Pogba.

"There was there a bit of sadness of course because we (France) lost the final (to Portugal) at home, but I will say I'm happy," he said.

"I'm back home and it's something crazy...I cannot explain. I'm very, very happy. The feeling I have in my body is like I can't wait to start."

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