Manchester United are reportedly seeing their world record deal for French midfielder Paul Pogba delayed over a disagreement as to who exactly will pay super-agent Mino Raiola the £25m fee that he will be entitled to as part of the transfer.
It is said that the reigning Italian champions have been left unhappy by the way that the agent has acted throughout the process. Indeed, Sir Alex Ferguson once revealed he felt an immediate “distrust” of the Italian-born Dutchman when United were trying to keep Pogba in 2012.
The suggestion is that Juventus believe Raiola has engineered the whole process for his own personal gain and are therefore not prepared to fuel that by paying him any money.
The club doesn’t seem to mind who coughs up the £25m, whether it be United or Pogba himself, as long as they are not involved. It is believed that United were happy to split the costs at £12.5m each, but now look as though they’ll be forced to pay the whole fee.
Apart from that, the deal, set to overtake the £85m Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale in 2013, appears to be very close to being completed.
It has been rumoured for several weeks that an agreement over personal terms has already been reached – a five-year contract worth well in excess of £200,000-per-week.
Despite Juve’s resistance in a public arena, the Manchester Evening News has revealed the clubs to be ‘on the same page’.
United fans were left in a sea of hype and fervour last week when the provisional squad number release from Old Trafford included no number six – a shirt Pogba has worn at various points throughout his career.
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