Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has risked the wrath of Juventus by insisting it is an inevitability Paul Pogba will leave the Serie A champions.
Although Juventus insist they are in no need of selling Pogba, Raiola believes the French midfielder’s exit will happen when the time is right.
Pogba only signed a new deal with Juventus in October but the in-demand 21-year-old is one of the finest young players in world football, which means Raiola has a great platform to lever influence and bigger deals.
“Will he stay in Italy? No,” he said.
“It will be up to them [Juventus], we have renewed his contract, we’re happy with Juventus but when the time is right to leave we’ll take that opportunity.
“We’ll see, I don’t know when the right time will come.”
Despite the interest, Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has downplayed any possible exit for Pogba: “Every European club is watching him and been in contact.
“However, we want to have a strong team made up of champions. We have an important player in Pogba and we don’t have a need to sell him.”
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United have been linked with an eye-watering £77m move for Pogba and the thought of paying so much money for a player who left for free is hard to stomach but given that United will receive £75m a year from 2015 from a new Adidas deal, it’s certainly a financially viable move.
The other hurdle is whether it would be physically viable. Now that Pogba has come out to say he still loves United, all doors have been left open.