Agencies (Qasioun) - Manchester United has made Paul Pogba the world's most expensive footballer, signing the France midfielder for around 105 million euros ($116 million) four years.
Pogba signed a five-year deal with an option for a further year, United announced early Tuesday as new manager Jose Mourinho continues to rebuild a team that is out of the Champions League this season.
"It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am really looking forward to working with Jose Mourinho," Pogba said. "I feel the time is right to go back to Old Trafford. I always enjoyed playing in front of the fans and can't wait to make my contribution to the team. This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to in the game."
Pogba is United's fourth signing since Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal as manager of the record 20-time English champions.
"Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the future," Mourinho said. "He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is. At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years."
Defender Eric Bailly, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic have already joined to help United return to the Champions League. In the upcoming season, they will have to settle with playing in the Europa League. The same agent, Mino Raiola, represents Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan and Pogba.
United will be hoping the newcomers, signed at a collective cost of $190 million, can deliver the team's first Premier League trophy since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Source: Associated Press