Wednesday 21 February 2018

Jose Mourinho will not be best pleased with the latest statement from Paul Pogba's agent

Paul Pogba has been linked with a return to Manchester United
Paul Pogba has been linked with a return to Manchester United

Tom Rooney

The agent of Manchester United target Paul Pogba has said that the midfielder is amenable to a move away from Juventus but, unless the right offer is presented to him, he’ll likely remain at the Turin club.

Pogba has been heavily linked with a world record transfer to Old Trafford since Jose Mourinho was installed at the helm there but, to date, tangible progress is yet to be made.

The Portuguese manager is a long time admirer of the 23-year-old and is believed to have instructed chief executive Ed Woodward to acquire Pogba regardless of the cost.

It is reported that United would have to part with upward of £120m to prise Pogba away from the Serie A champions, while he could expect to command a wage of £240k per week.

Of course, Pogba arrived in Turin from United on a free transfer in 2012, and helped them to win three consecutive titles.

Mourinho has said that he wishes to make four significant purchases this summer, three of which have already signed on the dotted line; Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The latter pair share an agent with Pogba, who had a mediocre campaign in the recent European Championships, the Italian Mino Raiola.

Speaking recently, Raiola was relatively vague about his client’s intentions, while giving no direct signal that he could be in line for a return to the Red Devils.

"Juve do not want to sell him and there is a chance for us to talk about a new contract. He feels no need to leave.

"But if you come with a project that will make Paul want to leave, we'll talk with the club."

He did reveal that, when still Chelsea manager, Mourinho came close to bringing Pogba to Stamford Bridge, a move Raiola encouraged.

"Last year, when bids came in, I really wanted him to go to Chelsea. It didn't happen but this year we will see."

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