David Gill has insisted Paul Pogba was offered a ‘very good wage’ by Manchester United and his agent was offered a ‘generous’ fee but it wasn’t enough to keep them at the club.
The 21-year-old left the club in acrimonious circumstances and has gone on to become the best young midfielder in Europe (according to Tutto Sport’s Golden Boy award).
His lack of playing time under Sir Alex Ferguson was always seen as a catalyst for his departure but ultimately it was down to money and it is something that Gill has clarified United tried their best to overcome.
“We offered Pogba a very good wage, as well as a very generous fee for his agent,” Gill told RedCafe.
“I don’t want to go into details, because it was a complex issue. However, what I can say is that we were very disappointed,
“Whenever a player is determined to leave and his contract allows it there is nothing we can do about it. I can assure you that we did not hold anything back, financially.”
Pogba’s departure will always be one that really frustrates United fans because of how successful he has gone on to be in a position we are so desperately short in, but money talks in modern football.
Currently, his agent Mino Raiola is trying to negotiate a new deal for him with Juventus and if it transpires that the Old Lady isn’t willing to bow to Pogba’s demands this time, he may choose to leave and finding a new suitor wouldn’t be difficult.