Mino Raiola, who is the agent for some of football’s leading stars including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, has slammed BBC pundit Gary Lineker for doubting Pogba’s ability ahead of a potential switch to Real Madrid.
Lineker, 55, claimed that Pogba could be the most overrated player in the world, much to the frustration of Mino Raiola.
The Juventus midfielder came into Euro 2016 expected to be France’s stand-out performer, but thus far has failed to impress on the same level as the likes of Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann.
However, Raiola has claimed the 23-year-old is actually underrated, while stating that Michy Batshuayi’s £33m move to Chelsea will only raise the value of the former Manchester United midfielder.
Speaking to Rai Sport, Raiola said:
“When someone is paid to talk about something, that doesn’t mean he knows what he’s talking about. Lineker is one of those,
“Considering the qualities Paul has and the prices I see around Europe, I think Paul is underrated.
“How much is Pogba worth? The maximum amount a club is prepared to pay for him.
“Just look at a player who is on the bench of Belgium and Marseille, but is being sold for €40 million [Batshuayi to Chelsea].
“When Gary Lineker talks about Pogba, he hasn’t the slightest idea what he’s talking about.
“I remember he said if Claudio Ranieri won the Premier League title with Leicester City, he’d present his show in his underpants. That tells you everything.”
Despite Manchester United being linked with a return swoop for Pogba, the player has confirmed that a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid would be preferable.