Manchester United are still trying to arrange an agreement for the fee of Mino Raiola, Paul Pogba‘s agent, in light of the 23-year-old’s impending £100m move to Old Trafford.
Various reports have insisted Pogba has agreed to return to the Theatre of Dreams after being ostracised by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012.
It was also reported Raiola is set to receive £18.4m for overseeing Pogba’s transfer to Man United, which will break the world record set by Gareth Bale’s £85m move to Real Madrid in 2013.
However, according to Fabrizio Romano, the deal is being held up by ongoing negotiations over the sum Raiola will receive.
For what will be the biggest transfer in the history of football, logistical issues like these are bound to take place. Raiola has already presided over the transfer of both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Man United this summer and is clearly determined to receive a handsome fee for once again doing business with Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward over one of the brightest talents in the game today.
His fee, along with the overall sum Juventus will receive, may come across as excessive. But in the context of United’s immense wealth, the sum makes much more sense. To put things in perspective, Rio Ferdinand’s £34m transfer to Old Trafford in 2002 constituted 19.9% of the club’s annual turnover. Pogba’s transfer, should it happen, would constitute only 19.6% of United’s £510m income.
Either way, irrespective of the financial ramifications, United fans will be delighted to see such an exciting talent return back to where he shouldn’t have left in the first place.