Pogba’s Transfer Changed the Transfer Market
On August 8, 2016, Manchester United completed the signing of Paul Labile Pogba for £89.3 million. This transfer beyond being the then-record transfer fee, had far reaching implications to the Transfer Market and the Footballing world at large.
Before going further in this article, let us talk a bit about the player.
Pogba, The Player
Pogba joined Manchester United’s youth team from boyhood club Le Havre in 2009, quickly establishing himself as a key figure in the Youth teams.
He was promoted to the first team squad by Alex Ferguson in 2011.
Finding first team opportunities hard to come by, Pogba signed for Juventus in 2012 for free and it proved to be the turning point in his career.
He won many trophies for club and country and bagged many individual accolades.
- 4 Seria A titles
- 2 Coppa Italia
- 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup
- 2015 UEFA team of the year
- 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI
- 2014 World Cup Best Young Player
- 2013 Golden Boy Award
- 2014 Bravo Award
He had the world at his feet, establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in the world.
Then Manchester United came knocking for the player they had sold for free. Juventus did not hesitate to make better the already good business deal by putting a hefty price tag on his head.
Was Pogba Worth the Price
Despite all his attributes as a player, strength, technically gifted, the ability to shoot from distance and so on, he still fell short of the £89.3 million price. Pogba was at the time very good, but not ‘great’.
The Implications of Pogba’s Transfer
The current transfer window has seen clubs buy players for outrageous prices. The fact that three of the top fifteen transfer prices (Neymar to PSG, Lukaku to Manchester United, Morata to Chelsea) in history has come from this transfer window is a testament to this fact.
Players are bought, not because of they are worth the price, but because they are needed. There is an overpricing.
The transfer of Paul Labile Pogba made the transfer market labile.