Why Manchester United are right to pay £100m for Pogba – and why it’s a risk
Notable other big-money failuresBig money doesn’t guarantee big success, and Manchester United know that better than most. Angel Di Maria, Juan Sebastian Veron, Marouane Fellaini and Radamel Falcao’s have all been expensive flops, while the likes of Juan Mata are not exactly seen as a success. In contrast, the top performers of last season who were signed last summer – Kante, Dimitri Payet and others – were all bought n the cheap.Serie A not the league it used to be Is Paul Pogba worth the £100m world record fee? Paul Pogba to Manchester United is this year’s David De Gea to Real Madrid – the transfer saga that could last all summer… and maybe not even happen at all.Italian media reported that United saw their opening bid of £84m rejected and that Juventus wanted £100m plus £8m in add-ons.But is Pogba actually worth £100m? talkSPORT investigates the pros and cons…PROS:Premier League prices can’t be compared to the rest of EuropeAs a result of the £5.14bn Premier League television deal, English clubs can afford the transfer fees that no one else can, and the rest of Europe know it. If Real Madrid were to sign Pogba, they wouldn’t have to make him the world’s first £100m player as even they do not possess the kind of riches the Red Devils do now. A fee of £100m means a lot less to Manchester United than it does to the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus, Madrid and Barcelona.Pogba will be in familiar surroundingsPogba has lived in Manchester before and still returns to the city to visit friends and some of his favourite restaurants. Furthermore, he grew up with a lot of the players now in the first team squad such as Adnan Januzaj and Jesse Lingard and would consequently take no time at all to settle, unlike an alternative who may be cheaper but unfamiliar with Manchester or the Premier League. Being the best player it Italy doesn’t have the same draw as it did when Kaka held the title. The league is a lot weaker now, with the exception of Juventus. The Premier League, however, proved last season why it is the most competitive league in the world and how much it has changed since Pogba left Manchester. Will he be able to seamlessly pick up where he left off? Does he have the stomach for the fight? Or would he rather play for a club that can coast through at least half of their fixtures. 4 4 4 4 United will make back much of the transfer feePogba is a very popular and marketable player across the world and United will be confident of using their own popularity to increase that. Should that happen, they will make back a lot of the money spent on him through sponsorship deals, shirt sales and other forms of marketing. If you compare that to the £30m Chelsea paid for N’Golo Kante, they are unlikely to earn much back through those same channels.CONS:World record transfers are normally goalscorersThe world record transfer fee for a player has been broken almost exclusively in moves for forwards. Only countryman Zinedine Zidane is anywhere near close to Pogba’s position on the pitch. Why is this a con? Because there is a reason why attackers go for the most and midfielders do not – they are the match winners and do the hardest, and most valued aspect of football, putting the ball in the net.