Man United not only club interested in Juventus' Paul Pogba – agent
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Paul Pogba’s agent has cast doubt over the player’s future at Juventus but says Manchester United are not the only club interested in the France midfielder.
United are said to be leading the race to sign Pogba, 23, with Sky Sports News having reported at the weekend that Real Madrid had withdrawn from the race for financial reasons, but agent Mino Raiola told The Times on Monday that Juve are keen on offering him a new contract.
Raiola also said Pogba is “very happy” at Juventus and “not desperate to move,” but he later told Italy’s Sky Sport that anything could still happen before the window closes on Aug. 31.
“Juve don’t want to get rid of Pogba — they want him to stay for a long time and they want to renew his contract, and only if he wants to leave will we sit down and talk about it,” he said. “I can’t exclude anything, though, not even that he will be sold to another club.
“The transfer market is open for a long time — it closes in September. Between Raiola and all the clubs in the world there is a line open, not only with Manchester United.”
Raiola also represents Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who moved to Old Trafford this summer, but the agent said: “I don’t have a special relationship with United.
“Last year there was a big approach from Chelsea, but he [Pogba] decided to stay. For this year, we don’t know yet.”
Paul Pogba was part of the France side that reached the final at Euro 2016.
The Bianconeri have repeatedly made clear their desire to keep hold of Pogba and said they will not listen to any offers unless the player said he wants to leave.
Meanwhile, Raiola also confirmed that Ibrahimovic had considered returning to AC Milan this summer before opting to join United.
“He still has Milan in his heart and there was this possibility of a return, I don’t deny it,” Raiola said. “But he chose Manchester United. I received plenty of calls [for Zlatan], but I’m not going to say who they were all from.”
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.
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