Sunday 4 December 2016

Agent nets €27m from Pogba move to United

Mark Ogden

Published 26/10/2016 | 02:30

Mino Raiola pocketed a huge sum for working on the package which took Pogba back to Old Trafford. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Mino Raiola pocketed a huge sum for working on the package which took Pogba back to Old Trafford. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, earned €27m from the €105m world record deal which took the midfielder from Juventus to Manchester United according to claims by the Italian club's general manager.

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United re-signed Pogba this summer, four years after allowing the France international to leave for Juventus for a compensation fee of just €900,000, following a lengthy pursuit of the player.

And Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta has now claimed, at the club's AGM, that Raiola - who also negotiated United's deals for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer - pocketed a huge sum for working on the package which took Pogba back to Old Trafford.

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"We signed Pogba from Manchester United at the end of his contract for a fee of €1.5m in order to prevent the English club from starting a legal procedure that could have delayed his registration," Marotta said. "The agreement with the player resulted in a number of costs for activities carried out by agents and advisors.

"After four years at Juventus, he decided to return to England. He wanted to move at all costs, and not just for the money. We could also have met his demands, but that would have resulted in unrest in the dressing room.

"The sale to United earned us €105m plus €5m in bonuses, a clause that gets triggered if he signs a new deal with United or is sold for more than €50m.

"This results in a profit of €95m, of which €27m will be paid to Mino Raiola and his company. Taking fees into account, our net profit on Pogba comes at €72m."

Pogba, who has struggled to justify his fee since returning to United, is expected to face Manchester City in the EFL Cup at Old Trafford tonight.

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