Agent seeks quick fix for ‘respectful’ Paul Pogba
French World Cup winner seeks a ‘new challenge’
London — Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola hopes a breakthrough in negotiations that benefits “all parties” will soon be made regarding the Manchester United midfielder’s future.
The French World Cup winner has stated his desire for a “new challenge”, while Raiola said in an interview at the weekend that “everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on”.
Pogba has travelled with the rest of the United squad for the start of their preseason tour to Australia despite initial claims that he could boycott the trip in order to try to force through a move.
“The player has done nothing wrong. He has been respectful and professional in every way,” Raiola told UK radio station talkSPORT. “The club has known his feeling for a long time.
“It is a shame other people only like to criticise without the right information, and I am also sorry that the club does not take any position against this.
“Hopefully there will be soon a satisfying solution for all parties.”
Despite scoring 16 goals last season, half of which came from the penalty spot, Pogba was often criticised for his contribution under both Jose Mourinho and his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United limped to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.
Real Madrid and Juventus have been rumoured as possible destinations, but should he move on, United are likely to seek a higher fee than the £89m, a world record at the time, they spent to buy Pogba from Juventus three years ago.
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