Paul Pogba's agent casts doubt over £100m Man Utd transfer
Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has confirmed his in-demand client may yet remain at Juventus for another season, even if Manchester United submit a world record £100m offer for the Frenchman.
Raiola has already wrapped up deals to take Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to United this summer and reports have suggested that he has been prominent in driving a potential deal for Pogba to rejoin the club he left on a free transfer back in 2012.
Yet it seems as if Pogba is not certain to make a move to United, with Raiola claiming the French Euro 2016 star may be tempted to stay with his current employer for another season after a new contract offer was put on the table.
“Paul is not desperate to move,” the agent was quoted by The Times. “We are very happy at Juventus and they are a club that want to keep their star players.
“There is a lot of talk about Paul's future, but maybe he will not leave Juventus. He is in no rush to leave, and Juventus do not want him to go. They want him to renew his contract.”
Several so-called transfer ‘experts’ in Italy have been suggesting United are in pole position to land Pogba in recent weeks, but this latest development suggests the deal may not be as certain as some have suggested in recent days.
The debate over whether Pogba is worth the lavish fee United appear to be willing to pay for him has been raging amid his less than impressive displays for France at Euro 2016, with former England winger Steve McManaman suggesting he may be attracting United’s interest for reasons that are not just sporting.
“The idea of paying £100m for a footballer and shattering the world transfer record in the process is taking things to a whole new level, with Pogba not the player I would pick for footballing reasons to be that ground breaking player,” McManaman told Yahoo.
“Yet you look at surveys and analysis from public relations companies and they all suggest Pogba is one of the most marketable sportsmen in the world right now. Make no mistake, that factor now comes in to play when United go after a high profile transfer target.
“He is associated with the same sportswear brand that have signed a record breaking deal with United, he is young and, crucially, he also has a big presence on social media sites.
“It seems remarkable to even begin to suggest that top football clubs like United or Liverpool sign players based on how many followers they have on Twitter, but it is not as crazy as it sounds.
“When Liverpool signed Mario Balotelli two summers ago, there were suggestions that his social media activity and his big follower numbers were part of the attraction to complete the deal, which is the way the game is going now.”
This is certainly not the last we have heard from the Pogba to Man Utd rumours this summer, with the scale of the figures involved suggesting a deal may be tough for all parties to ignore.