Sunday 18 February 2018

Fifa investigates Pogba's £89m record deal

Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Photo: PA
Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Photo: PA

Ben Rumsby

Paul Pogba's world record transfer to Manchester United is being probed by Fifa amid claims his agent is set to earn a staggering £41m out of the deal, writes Ben Rumsby.

The game's world governing body confirmed it had "requested additional information" about Pogba's £89m move to Old Trafford last summer following the publication of details from a forthcoming book which investigated the midfielder's summer re-signing from Juventus.

The book, Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football, by Der Spiegel journalists Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger, claims Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, is in line for a £23m slice of the transfer fee.

A Fifa spokesman said: "We can confirm that Fifa/Transfer Matching System has requested additional information on transfer from what is already available in TMS."

A United spokesman said: "We don't comment on contracts, FIFA have had the documents since the transfer was completed last August."

France international Pogba is in his second spell at United, having previously left Old Trafford in 2012 to move to Juve.

The alleged figures prompted a scathing attack on the Premier League by the chairman of League Two Accrington Stanley.

In a series of furious tweets, Andy Holt repeatedly accused the world's richest league of "destroying the game" by allowing such wealth to accumulate at its top end.

Holt tweeted: "Hang your heads in shame @premierleague you are an absolute disgrace to English football." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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