Mino Raiola has sent Manchester United a message that they got a bargain when they broke the world record to sign Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman became the most expensive footballer of all time in 2016 when United agreed to pay Juventus £89 million. That transfer record was shattered last year when Neymar moved to PSG for £198m, while the transfers of Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho make Pogba now only the fifth most expensive footballer.
Speaking told Dutch magazine Quote, Pogba’s agent claimed that Man Utd got themselves a bargain, and that his client wants to play for the club:
“As long as the television rights keep going up, the actors deserve to be paid more.
“I don’t push prices over the limit. On the contrary, look at Pogba’s transfer.
“Manchester United paid €100m – but I think they should have paid €200m.
“Pogba was a cheap player. He had a clause in his contract that said he alone – and not Juventus – was allowed to decide where he was going to play next season.
“They couldn’t decide for him. The player must always stay in control. Juventus could have sold him for €200m to Real Madrid – so Manchester United actually saved themselves €100m.”
The super-agent has banked an incredible £41m for brokering the deal, all in the same summer he helped Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all move to Old Trafford.
Mkhitaryan subsequently left the club in January in a part exchange deal for Alexis Sanchez, while Ibrahimovic completed a free transfer to LA Galaxy last week.
Pogba’s recent performances and reported fall outs with Jose Mourinho could see him follow Raiola’s clients out of the Old Trafford exit door in the summer too.