Some interesting comments from Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola about his clients world record move to Manchestwr United this summer, as he sat that discussions with the Premier League club pre-dated Jose Mourinho’s arrival.
“The Paul Pogba deal was a deal we were working on already for maybe over a year,” he told UK radio station talkSPORT.
“It’s a complex deal because it involves a lot of parties, high stake rights and it is difficult to get it over the line.
“But I work for the player, and that’s always very clear, and I try to do what is in the interest of the player and what are his ambitions, and I try to always keep that in mind.”
The report also adds that Andrea Agnelli, president of Juventus, and Giuseppe Marotta, director general were only thinking of selling Pogba next season, so that they could bid to break the record for consecutive Serie A crowns this term.
Raiola was a key part of forcing the deal through. And the flamboyant player agent has said overnight that he thinks the whopping £200 million transfer milestone is not far away from being cracked.
“How the economy is evolving, especially in the Premier League, we will not be far away — within three or four years — from a £200m deal,” he toldTalkSPORT.
“They will probably be Brazilian, because they add something special. A wonder child like the new Neymar or the new Messi for sure will make £200m.
“I even think that maybe within two or three years that can happen.”
So the Pogba deal was in the works long before Louis van Gaal was fired by United. Which will leave many United fans to wonder that if Mourinho had not taken over, would Pogba have joined a long list of stars like Thomas Mueller, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Neymar to turn down the club in the Ed Woodward era?