There aren’t many people in the world who know what it feels like to be worth £100million. Paul Pogba became the most expensive footballer of all time when returning from Juventus to Manchester United for £89m in summer 2016, but transfer market inflation since then is starting to make that figure look modest. Neymar’s £200m August move from Barcelona to Paris St Germain redefined the concept of value, with Pogba happy to be relieved of a moniker that he feels distorted analysis of his first season back in England. “The player with the biggest price tag is more expensive now,” he told Standard Sport. “So people don’t think about me, they don’t care about me. It is good. Me, I just care about football. “I don’t think about the transfer because it is not me. That was between the clubs. The Neymar deal is special for me because it means journalists are not looking at the price any more. They are more looking at my performance on the pitch. That’s what matters. This season, there is less pressure for me and I can focus even more on my football. To be honest, I am not someone who looks at a lot of journalists’ stuff, but I am always hearing the same stuff. You don’t want to see it but you see it. But now not being the player with the price tag helps me, it helps me a lot to focus on the field and nothing else.” Pogba is sat on a London bus — of all places — en route from a Park Lane hotel to Oxford Street for the launch of Adidas’s new Predator boot. Sat in front of him is Dele Alli.
Manchester United star Paul Pogba: Tottenham's Dele Alli is worth more than £100m
London Evening Standard | Dec 2