After weeks of speculation and negotiation between two giants of club football the French midfielder Paul Pogba has completed his move from Juventus to Manchester United, smashing a Guinness World Records title in the process.

Pogba now holds the title for the Most expensive football player single transfer for the reported fee of £89 million (€105 million; $116 million) surpassing the previous record held by Welshman Gareth Bale who moved from Tottenham to Real Madrid for a reported £85.30 million (€99.95 million; $132.16 million) on 1 September 2013.

In fact Real Madrid had been responsible for the last five world record transfers dating back to Luis Figo in 2000.

This represents only the 2nd time since the Guinness World Records book was first released in 1955 that an English club has bought the most expensive player.

The last time was in 1996 when Newcastle United secured the services of Alan Shearer for £15 million.

It is also only the 3rd time that a Frenchman has held this record, Jean Pierre-Papin was the first ever £10 million player in 1992 and his compatriot Zinedine Zidane left Juventus, like Pogba, in a £46 million move to Real Madrid in 2001.

It is all a far cry from 1893 when Scotsman Willie Groves became the first 100 pound player when moving from West Bromwich Albion to Aston Villa.

The outlay wasn’t an option but forced upon them by the FA who had perceived the Villains to have “poached” Groves.

It was a fee worth paying however as the striker would go on to help them win the league that season.

Pogba's historic signing was officially announced by United on the club's website just after 00:30 BST on Tuesday, and was marked by the release of a video showing the midfielder with a red devil marked into his hair.

The clip was later followed by the release of a series of sponsor videos, including one with English rapper Stormzy for a sportswear brand, leading a number of sporting commentators to debate how much image rights have played a factor in negotiations for the French star.

The move marks Pogba's second spell at United, having joined the Premier League club's youth academy in 2009, before departing for Juventus in 2012 at the end of his contract on a 'Bosman' free transfer.

Jose Mourinho mainThe 23-year-old joins a host of Guinness World Records title holders at the Red Devils like Wayne Rooney who has the record for Most goals scored at the same English Premier League club and manager José Mourinho who has a host of titles including the Longest unbeaten home run by a manager and the Youngest manager to reach 100 UEFA Champions League matches.

In the coming months we’ll see if the 23-year-old really can justify his record-breaking price tag.