Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio has been spearheading the Paul Pogha to Manchester United story ever since he reported that we had Man United had agreed a deal in principle to sign Pogba earlier this week.
Now, Di Marzio has given another important update on the situation and one which we all honestly saw coming at some stage.
If the fee was €120m, Raiola would bag a tidy €24m – that’s enough to buy a decent player yet we’re talking about agent fees and that’s where the whole thing has an ulterior motive. Is all of this Raiola’s way to get more money out of United having already orchestrated Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s moves to Old Trafford?
When Di Marzio went on record to say a €13m per season deal with €120m fee had been agreed with Pogba in principle, there’s every chance that was directly with Raiola. Why wouldn’t he agree to that? It’s money in the bank for him but that’s not to say Pogba would want the move.
L’Equipe did say Pogba told his French team-mates he wanted to join United and that’s something else to consider entirely but when it comes to Raiola, are we seeing a strange situation where it is the agent creating interest in his client in order to secure himself a better fee rather than the player getting a bumper new contract? It can’t be ruled out at the moment.
Until Euro 2016 ends, we can’t expect much movement other than intensified speculation but heading into next week there are so many question marks to be answered around any potential Pogba deal, including the ones discussed here.