As Paul Pogba returns to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee, four years after leaving the club, here’s a look back at other players who have cost clubs substantially more second time around...
Newcastle had a young Shearer growing up on their doorstep and offered him a trial, where he is understood to have been played in goal. Southampton, however, deployed him in attack up front and swiftly signed the future England skipper. By the time Shearer had returned to St James’ Park it had cost Newcastle a then world-record £15m.
GRAEME LE SAUX
Sold by Chelsea to Blackburn for just £700,000 after throwing his shirt at manager Ian Porterfield in protest at being substituted, Le Saux became the most expensive defender in England when the Blues coughed up £5million to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
Zamora was released as a 17-year-old while on the Hammers’ books as an apprentice. Five years later he was back at Upton Park as a makeweight in the deal which saw Jermain Defoe sold to Tottenham. Zamora went on to play in the 2006 FA Cup final, which West Ham lost on penalties to Liverpool.
The right-back had not made a single first-team appearance for Real Madrid when they sold him to Bayer Leverkusen for £4.3m in 2012. However, the current European champions exercised a buy-back clause inserted into his contract when his performances began to catch the eye at the BayArena. Carvajal returned to Madrid the following season £5.6m and has won two Champions League trophies since.
The Serb originally cost Chelsea £1.5m but was offloaded in the deal which brought David Luiz to the Bridge from Benfica two years later. The Blues paid the price for their error, forking out £21m to bring him back to west London in 2014.