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Man United breaks world transfer record to re-sign Pogba

  • FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, France's Paul Pogba looks on during a friendly soccer match between France and Cameroon at the La Beaujoire Stadium in Nantes, western France. Manchester United says Paul Pogba has been granted permission to have a medical examination to finalize his transfer to the English club from Juventus. United made the announcement in a one-line statement on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 under the hashtag “Pogback.” (AP Photo/David Vincent, file)

    FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, France's Paul Pogba looks on during a friendly soccer match between France and Cameroon at the La Beaujoire Stadium in Nantes, western France. Manchester United says Paul Pogba has been granted permission to have a medical examination to finalize his transfer to the English club from Juventus. United made the announcement in a one-line statement on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 under the hashtag “Pogback.” (AP Photo/David Vincent, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, France's Paul Pogba looks on during a friendly soccer match between France and Cameroon at the La Beaujoire Stadium in Nantes, western France. Manchester United says Paul Pogba has been granted permission to have a medical examination to finalize his transfer to the English club from Juventus. United made the announcement in a one-line statement on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 under the hashtag “Pogback.” (AP Photo/David Vincent, file)

    FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, France's Paul Pogba looks on during a friendly soccer match between France and Cameroon at the La Beaujoire Stadium in Nantes, western France. Manchester United says Paul Pogba has been granted permission to have a medical examination to finalize his transfer to the English club from Juventus. United made the announcement in a one-line statement on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 under the hashtag “Pogback.” (AP Photo/David Vincent, file)  (The Associated Press)

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 after releasing him for virtually nothing.

United says Pogba signed a five-year deal with an option for a further year.

Pogba was a promising 19-year-old when he left United after his contract expired, having only made seven appearances as a substitute. He joined Juventus, which reportedly had to pay 800,000 pounds (now around $1 million) in compensation.

Pogba returns as one of the brightest young talents in the game after winning four successive Serie A titles, and for a fee that eclipses the 101 million euros that Real Madrid spent to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham in 2013.