3. Angel Di Maria – £59.7 million
🐍 #OnThisDay in 2014, Manchester United completed the signing of Angel Di Maria for a then record British fee of £59.7M
— Now Football (@Now_FootbaIl) August 26, 2018
On 26 August 2014, Di María signed a five-year deal with Manchester United for a transfer fee of £59.7 million, one of the most expensive transfers of all time and the highest fee ever paid by a British club at the time.
He inherited the number 7 shirt at United, which was previously worn by club legends such as George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, at the season’s end, Di María was judged by pundits and journalists to be the worst signing of the season.
2. Romelu Lukaku – £75 million
— Pat West (@patwstt) July 7, 2017
Lukaku joined Manchester United on 10 July 2017, signing a five-year contract with the option of a further year. Although the fee was officially undisclosed, it was reported to be worth an initial £75 million.
Lukaku’s signing came a day after former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney left the club to return to Everton, Rooney’s boyhood club.
1. Paul Pogba – £89.3 million
📅 2 Years Ago Today:
✅ World-Record Transfer Fee
🔴 88 Games
⚽️ 15 Goals
🏆 Europa League
🏆 League Cup pic.twitter.com/Gx6mTMe0Nh
— SPORF (@Sporf) August 9, 2018
On 8 August 2016, Pogba returned to former club, Manchester United, on a five-year contract for a then-record for highest football transfer fee at €105 million (£89.3 million) plus bonuses of €5 million, surpassing the former record holder Gareth Bale.
Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, received a reported €27 million from Juventus when he re-joined Manchester United; Juventus disclosed the fee as an auxiliary expense, for €26.154 million.