Manchester United are prepared to kiss goodbye to the £89million they spent on Paul Pogba and let him leave for free next summer – making him one of the Premier League's biggest transfer losses.
Daily Star Sport revealed on Wednesday that the Frenchman has been told he can depart Old Trafford for nothing at the end of the season, five years after joining United for a world record fee.
United still have the option of selling him to the highest bidder in the January transfer window, but Red Devils chiefs are said to be comfortable with letting him go for nothing.
With that in mind, let's take a look back at some of the Premier League's other biggest transfer losses, starting with a certain Mesut Ozil.
Mesut Ozil, Arsenal (£42million loss)
It was meant to be a sign of Arsenal's renewed ambition under Arsene Wenger. But the Deadline Day arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid never quite lived up to its initial hype.
Despite a promising start to this Gunners career, the German "Assist King" ended up as something of a peripheral figure amid a fallout with boss Mikel Arteta.
Ozil brought the curtain down on his topsy-turvy time in north London in January earlier this year, terminating his controversial mega-money contract to join Fenerbahce.
Fernando Torres, Chelsea (£48million loss)
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Fernando Torres was arguably one of the best strikers in world football when he decided to swap Liverpool for Chelsea in 2011.
Costing a then-British record transfer fee of £50million, the Spaniard was supposed to be the man who fired the Blues to glory.
And while Chelsea did win the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup during Torres's time at Stamford Bridge, he never managed to replicate the same form that made him so sought after while he was at Anfield.
In 2015, the west Londoners cashed in their chips and sold Torres to AC Milan, taking a £48million hit in the process.
Yannick Bolasie, Everton (£26million loss)
Everton haven't been afraid to splash the cash in the last decade, but very few of their big money signings have actually worked out.
Yannick Bolasie is case in point. Signed from Crystal Palace for £26million, the winger was beset by injury problems during his time at Goodison Park and never managed to consistently nail down a first-team place.
After loan spells at Aston Villa, Anderlecht, Sporting and Middlesbrough, he joined Turkish side Caykur Rizespor on a free transfer in the summer.
Islam Slimani, Leicester (£27million loss)
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Fresh from winning their first Premier League title at odds of 5,000/1, Leicester decided to invest in the powerful and imposing Islam Slimani from Sporting during the summer of 2016.
Having scored 57 goals in 109 games for the Portuguese side, it looked a shrewd bit of business. In the end it proved anything but as the £27million man failed to make his presence felt.
48 appearances, 13 goals and three loan spells later, Slimani joined Lyon on a free transfer in January 2021.
Adam Lallana, Liverpool (£26million loss)
Unlike most on this list, Adam Lallana does not go down as a dud. Signed at a time when Liverpool quite enjoyed doing the bulk of their shopping in Southampton, the midfielder was a hugely popular figure at Anfield.
The midfielder particularly impressed under Jurgen Klopp, becoming one of his most trusted lieutenants thanks to his tireless work rate.
Having joined the club as a Johnstone's Paint Trophy winner, Lallana left with Premier League and Champions League successes.
He joined Brighton on a free transfer in 2020, making him a £26m loss on the balance sheet, despite his enormous contribution on Merseyside.
Eliaquim Mangala, Man City (£42million loss)
Manchester City's decision to sign Eliaquim Mangala probably goes down as one of the worst pieces of business in football history.
Not content with lamping out £42million to sign the error-prone centre-half, City extended his contract in March 2019 to protect his value, only to let him leave for free five months later.
Thankfully for the Premier League champions, their business these days is much more financially astute.
Paul Pogba, Man Utd (potential £89million loss)
As revealed by Daily Star Sport, Paul Pogba has been told he can leave Manchester United for nothing at the end of this season.
He's not out of the door yet, but if he does indeed leave Old Trafford next summer, he would represent a colossal £89million loss.
United's bigwigs won't be too unhappy, though, because failing to get a fee for the Frenchman was actually factored into the deal when United re-signed him from Juventus five years ago.
Michael Owen, Newcastle (£22million loss)
Until Newcastle inevitably cut their losses on flop Joelinton, Michael Owen looks set to remain their biggest ever transfer loss.
Signed to huge fanfare in 2005, Owen cost just over £22million from Real Madrid but never endeared himself to the St James' Park faithful.
He has since admitted in his autobiography, Reboot: My Life, My Time, that he regrets his move to Tyneside.
Owen wrote: "My move to Newcastle was one I really regret – I should have followed my gut instincts from the start. I didn’t want to go there – my heart was still set on a return to Liverpool."
Despite his association with Liverpool, Owen swapped one United for another in 2009, joining Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils on a free transfer.
Moussa Sissoko, Tottenham (£28million loss)
Eyebrows were raised when Tottenham spent £31.5million to sign Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle in 2016.
Despite showing glimpses of what he was capable of during his time in north London, the Frenchman never truly set the world alight and was allowed to join Watford at the start of the current season.
The Hornets paid Tottenham a fee of just over £3million for his services, making the 32-year-old a significant loss on the balance sheet.
Felipe Anderson, West Ham (£32million loss)
There's strong competition between Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson for the coveted title of West Ham's biggest transfer loss.
But top spot narrowly goes to Anderson, who cost the Hammers a shade over £34million from Lazio in 2018 before being sold back to the Serie A club for a rock-bottom fee of around £2million.
That represents a mightily impressive £28million loss, made all the more incredible by the fact that both sales took place within a tight three-year period.
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