World record signing Paul Pogba was a bargain, says Mino Raiola


Manchester United signed Paul Pogba from Italian side Juventus last summer for a world record £89 million fee. Many seemed to moan about the fee, the player and the fact football seems to have been killed off by huge transfer fees, despite option for another explanation to the fact teams like Manchester City throw money at their problem areas, always seeming to throw more money at the problems caused by throwing money at those problem areas, if you get what I mean. Pogba left United for summers prior to his return with United losing out on a player with huge potential, hence the club willing to pay the massive fee to sign their man last summer, with the players salivating a return to the Theatre of Dreams under the management of Jose Mourinho, a clear winner in the game, as Chelsea well knew and did not appreciate enough.

Mino Raiola, the agent of Pogba who made an estimated £41 million from the transfer of the 24-year-old Frenchman last summer, spoke to talkSPORT, reported by The Mirror, about the deal, suggesting that the £89 million United paid for the player will be seen as a bargain in the years to come. Pogba still has that potential and despite the ABU’s and those fickle football fans suggesting the player had failed at United, that is far from the truth. Yes, Pogba has not lit the stage a light in the Premier League, but looking back at his past four seasons with Juventus, his level of consistency seems to have come to the Premier League with him. Some think that a huge transfer fee guarantees goals, those people need to stick to playing FIFA 17 and Football Manager. Raiola, speaking about the transfer, said:

“I think that Paul Pogba was a cheap buy if you see the market now. Who bought him at that time for that money did a good deal.”

Right now there are many players with potential who have high transfer fees. Look at AS Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe who will cost in excess of €100 million to any clubs this summer and he is only 18 years old. That would be like asking the same amount of money for Marcus Rashford a year ago, a player who made his rise into the first team earlier that season, scoring a few goals and looking pretty talented on the pitch, which is still the case with Rashford now. Asking the equivalent of €100 million for him would be mad. Everton value Romelu Lukaku at £100 million, which is an obscene amount of money, but he was one of the forwards in the Premier League to score plenty of goals last season, 24 in actual fact. Those fees, if paid this summer, will represent Pogba as a bargain as what Manchester United paid for has not yet developed into the player he could be, keeping on the right track of course.

It is just funny that some Manchester City supporters have ridiculed United for paying the money to get Pogba, yet a year before they were wanting the Etihad club to do the same in bringing the talented Frenchman to their club. It would seem that if Pogba had signed for any of his critic’s clubs, he would be a top player, but at United, he is an expensive flop. That right there is how you tell the hate factor has returned, which is a great start to getting Manchester United back to where they belong – Hated, adored, never ignored.

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