Pogba is believed to be on the verge of completing a €110million transfer move to the Old Trafford in the coming days. If he does, he would have successfully broken Gareth Bale’s record of a €101million transfer to Real Madrid in 2013. As the 23-year-old is set to become the most expensive football of all time, here is a look at 20 others who top the list of most expensive transfer of all time in the history of the game.
20. ALEX TEIXEIRA
FROM: Shakhtar Donetsk
TO: Jiangsu Suning
The Brazilian forward was thought to be on his way to Liverpool before the Chinese club came calling in January. Since his big-money move, nothing has been heard of him.
19. ANTHONY MARTIAL
TO: Manchester United
Many eyebrows were raised when the Red Devils signed the then teenager for a record fee for a youngster in Europe. He has silenced critics with his debut season exploits at Old Trafford and is tipped for greater things in the future.
18. GIANLUIGI BUFFON
The Italian legend moved to Turin as a 23-year-old and has gone from strength to strength in-between the sticks ever since. Except for the Champions League and European Championships, Gigi has won it all on both club and international scenes.
17. HERNAN CRESPO
The Argentine became the most expensive player at the turn of the century when he switched clubs in the Serie A years ago. Not long afterwards, he moved to Chelsea.
TO: Shanghai SIPG
The Brazilian striker is the most expensive player in China at the moment after completing a move earlier this year from the Russian giants.
15. FERNANDO TORRES
One of the most disappointing transfers within the EPL took place when the Spaniard switched Anfield for the Stamford Bridge in 2011 after a stellar campaign under Benitez with the Reds.
14. LUIS FIGO
TO: Real Madrid
The one-time World Best Player and Portuguese legend brought the fury of the Camp Nou faithful upon himself when he immediately opted for the Bernabeu after leaving Barcelona. He is yet to be forgiven.
13. RAHEEM STERLING
TO: Manchester City
Liverpool are the best when it comes to selling players for a huge amount. A 20-year-old Sterling was sold to the Etihad outfit amidst plenty of hype last summer. He is yet to justify his fees.
12. ANGEL DI MARIA
FROM: Manchester United
TO: Paris Saint-Germain
After flopping in a €75million switch from Madrid after the 2014 World Cup, the Argentina international winger left for the Parc des Princes just after one disappointing season in England. He has since come to life in France and found his form.
11. EDINSON CAVANI
TO: Paris Saint-Germain
The Uruguayan striker joined the Ligue 1 champions after their mega takeover in 2013 and will be looking to justify his fees fully next term following Ibrahimovic’s exit.