Paul Pogba is a player who is hotly linked to Manchester United on a daily basis – that has not changed despite the fact that rumours either for or against the deal seem to come out each and every day. Marca, the mouthpiece for Real Madrid in Spain has reported that Pogba will sign for Manchester United on a five-year contract which will earn the player €13 million per year. Over the last few days, it has been reported that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola would earn a massive fee himself for the transfer of the player, with some stating €25 million just for this deal alone. Marca has suggested that this is not the case at all, which just goes to show that rumour, no matter how it is served to football supporters – whether by the media or via Twitter, is never actually correct.
On Tuesday, there were reports that Raiola and Pogba were meeting in order to sort out the players future, that meeting will have mentioned both Real Madrid and Manchester United – the two clubs that are interested in signing the French midfielder, United looking to lure the player that left the club after the expiry of his contract in 2012 with Juventus paying the club £800,000 compensation as the player was under 25 years of age. Euro 2016 was the main thing standing in the way of this deal for Pogba either happening or not. France, beaten in the final by Portugal after Eder scored a late goal, and Cristiano Ronaldo lifting the trophy in Paris. It has been suggested, albeit on Twitter that a deal which could see Pogba arriving at Manchester United once again could be complete this week, which is not something that would be expected.
The Paul Pogba deal to #mufc could be done by Friday evening, the clubs are now finally talking. €145m is the complete cost of the move.
— Vincent Rodríguez (@VRodriguezlaw) July 12, 2016
Marca state that Pogba wants a move to Manchester United this summer, which is also what L’Equipe reported last week, as confirmed by Sport Witness in this report, which stated Pogba had told team-mates that he wanted a return to the Theatre of Dreams. Juventus want to retain Pogba this summer as they dream of winning the UEFA Champions League, also confident that his price would not drop between now and next summer. Juventus would sell Pogba, only if he told them that he wanted to leave, which may or may not be the case, but these reports have to come from somewhere – there is no smoke without fire. The reported fee for Pogba would be around €120 million, with some suggesting that Raiola would receive a massive fee, which may not be the case considering the agent owns 20% of the players registration, which would mean he would be entitled to around €24 million anyway, so perhaps this has been reported incorrectly.
Raiola has been speaking about his client and his future, something he has done for the last few days. Many seem to think that the things he has said lead to him not leaving Juventus. Juventus will not openly state that Pogba is for sale, or that he will be leaving the club. The Old Lady will need to play on the fact that they want the player to remain at the club, that way, the supporters will end up blaming the player for his exit, should that happen, with the club not taking the brunt of the discontent that will come with the move. Today, as reported by the Manchester Evening News, Raiola has said:
“Last year, when the bid came in, I really wanted him to go to Chelsea. It didn’t happen but this year we will see.
“Juve do not want to sell him and there is a chance for us to talk about a new contract. He feels no need to leave.
“But if you come with a project that will make Paul want to leave, we’ll talk with the club.”
Raiola has stated that Pogba would leave the club, as seemed to be the case last summer when the player was wanted by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. It would seem that Mourinho still wants the player, which could be Manchester United’s gain this summer. Juventus do not want to sell him, thinking about that, United did not want to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, but they did as the player wanted the move. Juventus will offer Pogba a new contract, that is all part and parcel of a deal like this. The same has happened with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was still wanted at Borussia Dortmund, but the player would not sign a new contract at the club, hence him leaving with around a year remaining on his contract. Raiola said that Pogba feels no need to leave, in my mind, that may remain the case without an offer on the table, it could all change. He then states that if a club came to him with talk of a project, which seems to be what is happening at Manchester United this summer, they will talk with the club.
Obviously, Raiola and Pogba know what is happening. They do not have to tell the world until they need to. They will never give the media the benefit of being up to speed with the process of the deal, should there be a deal happening, which is why things like this are mentioned, as it never gives the media and the rest of us a confirmation of what is happening. Raiola has stated that the player could have signed for Chelsea last summer, Juventus do not want to sell him, they will offer him a new contract and that is a club came forward with a project, there would be talks. That covers a lot of things happening, none of them are clear, as in we do not know which direction this deal is heading in. We shall see if anything happens this week, which I doubt, but with the player now wanting to head away on holiday to recharge his batteries ahead of the new season, wherever that may lie for him, I am sure there will be some movement soon.
Jose Mourinho has reportedly suggested that he would like the deal, if it is possible, to happen before the FA Community Shield against Leicester City at Wembley on Sunday 7th August 2016, which gives United three weeks to secure something. Knowing that the squad and manager head to China on Monday for their pre-season tour, something may happen before that, or it could be towards the end of the month with United playing their final match in China on the 25th July, with a match in Sweden against Galatasaray on the 30th July, which I am sure will see United arrive in Manchester before heading off to Sweden the day before the match.