Paul Pogba has rejoined Juventus on a four-year deal after his Manchester United contract expired.
Pogba returns to Juve after six years at Old Trafford, and will be looking to regain the form that made him the world’s most expensive footballer when United paid £89 million ($106m) to sign him in the summer of 2016.
The 29-year-old France midfielder won the Serie A title twice with the Italian giants before a then world-record £89m transfer to United in 2016.
He scored 34 goals and provided 40 assists in 178 appearances for the Bianconeri in his first spell with the club, but after an up-and-down time in the Premier League, it remains to be seen whether the 29-year-old is still capable of elite-level performances on a consistent basis as he returns to Serie A.
He flew to Turin on Friday for his medical before Monday’s announcement.
Juve have expressed their delight over Pogba’s return in an official statement on their website, which reads: “When we say goodbye after an intense adventure shared together, there is always a glimmer of hope that we will see each other again, sooner or later.
“Paul is back in Turin. He left as a boy and returns as a man and a champion, but there is one thing that has not changed – the desire to write unforgettable pages of club history together once more. Pogba is back and we couldn’t be happier.”
In a video on Juventus’ social media, Pogba said: “As you can see, I’m back and I’m very happy – I can’t wait to start with you and win trophies with you. We’ll be there on the pitch in the stadium, all together.”
Pogba has been handed the No.10 jersey upon his return to Turin, reprising the jersey he wore during the most successful spell of his career thus far at Juve.
He takes over the shirt from Paulo Dybala, who has left the club this summer and has been linked with a move to Manchester United, as well as Juve’s domestic rivals Inter and AC Milan.
Pogba, who joined the United academy from Le Havre as a 16-year-old in 2009, helped the Red Devils win the EFL Cup and Europa League in his first season back at the club, but they would prove to be the only trophies he won in his second spell.
A disagreement with then United manager Jose Mourinho saw him lose the vice-captaincy in 2018, before injuries and patchy form reduced his impact.
Pogba, who has 91 international caps, was influential as France won the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
He scored 16 goals for United in the 2018-19 campaign, but over the past three seasons found the net eight times in 91 appearances, with one from 27 last term.
Pogba scored 39 goals in 233 appearances across his two spells at the club, but his final home appearance against Norwich City in April saw him jeered by United supporters as he was substituted.
Juventus finished fourth in Serie A for the second successive season, trailing champions AC Milan by 16 points.
They had been Italian champions for the preceding nine seasons, with Pogba playing a key role in their title wins from 2012-13 to 2015-16.
Everyone at Juventus loves Pogba: the club, his former team-mates and the fans, and he is also a player they definitely need, with the Bianconeri having lacked a midfielder with Pogba’s ability and attributes ever since he left the club in 2016.
In all likelihood, Pogba is not going to be the player who shone so brightly for Juve during his initial four years at the club, but for the current level of Massimiliano Allegri’s midfield, he is undoubtedly an excellent upgrade.