Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has rubbished the most recent series of reports claiming the player is edging closer to a return to Manchester United.
On Tuesday, Sky Italy reported that the agent was on his way to Manchester for talks over a deal potentially worth a world-record £100m, but has now supposedly told Goal that such reports were ‘bullsh*t.’
“All of what you read is bullshit,” he said. “That’s all there is.”
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Raiola was thought to be energetically angling to get his client back to Old Trafford – thanks in no small part to the fact it involves a significant payday for himself – but now appears much more tight-lipped over whether a deal will happen.
United’s interest is clear and cannot be disputed. Also on Tuesday, The Guardian claimed the Premier League club would make their first official bid in the next 24 hours along with meeting the Juventus directors Giuseppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici as well as Raiola.
According to that report, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward did not board the squad’s plane to China as originally planned in order to pursue the deal. United’s first deal will reportedly be £100m, but £13m being performance-related add-ons. Juventus, however, are holding out for a better offer for the player, who is under contract until 2019.
If Pogba were to sign for United, it would be the biggest transfer of all time and would make him one of world football’s biggest earners, with a wage packet of around £250k-a-week.