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Reports: Manchester United superstar wants move, but finds no takers

29.53K   //    23 Feb 2018, 18:56 IST

What's on Jose Mourinho's mind?

What’s the rumour?

According to Sports Illustrated, Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, is calling clubs from the top echelons of Europe in order to pursue them to make a bid for his client in the summer.

In case you didn’t know…

Paul Pogba re-joined Manchester United in the summer of 2016 in a move that made him the most expensive player in the world back then at £89 million. The Red Devils fought off interest from Real Madrid to get back their prized asset.

The heart of the matter

The relationship between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho seems to have deteriorated over the past few weeks with the Portuguese wanting his midfield star to put more effort defensively.

And so in a bid to motivate the Frenchman, Mourinho benched him against Sevilla. This incurred the wrath of Mino Raiola, who has reportedly been in touch with European outfits over a possible transfer for his star client.

So far, however, none of the clubs have budged as his £290,000-a-week wages are perhaps a bit too much.

Rumour probability/rating: 8/10

The report makes sense due to the fact that Mino Raiola is notorious for getting the best for himself and his clients. He is so involved with the happenings of his clients that he is reportedly the first one to call the managers when his clients don’t play, which is why it is not out of the ordinary for him to do something like this. 


Author’s take

Even if Pogba goes, he won’t go for cheap and his wages will be a massive problem for any club that decides to sign him--and that is excluding additional fees such as signing-on fees that clubs usually have to play.

As a result, he will almost certainly stay at United and this may be just a ploy from Raiola to pressure Mourinho into playing the Frenchman. 

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