Gossip: Pogba out but Man Utd to stay in bed with Raiola
Man United have had enough of Paul Pogba, but love it in bed with super-agent and super-b***ard Mino Raiola.
Paul Pogba has been ‘shaking it all about’ for Manchester United in recent weeks, suggesting he’s more ‘in’ than ‘out’.
But the Frenchman’s resurgence in form is reportedly not enough to repair the damage done by his claims that it would be a “dream” to play for Real Madrid, and Mino Raiola’s claims that his Old Trafford career is “over”.
United have triggered a one-year contract extension that ties him to the club until the summer of 2022.
But the Mirror reports there is now an acceptance at the club that they must sell him at the end of the season to recoup some of the £89million they paid Juventus to bring him back to Manchester in 2016.
And the Old Lady are one of those interested in midfielder, along with “dream” club Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Is another prima donna is one of Mauricio Pochettino’s top priorities?
The report claims that Pogba’s recent form is being seen as a positive, not because footballers playing good football is good for a football team, but because it will hike up the price of an asset they are desperate to move on.
Despite hinting that the influence of agent and b***ard Mino Raiola is a prime reason for Manchester United wanting to cut their losses over Pogba, the Mirror also claim that they are keen to do further deals with this particular devil.
The Gossip on Saturday said United were confident of landing Jadon Sancho for a bargain, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is actually far more interested in Dortmund teammate and Raiola play thing, Erling Haaland.
Ed Woodward reportedly now feels justified in not splashing out over £100million for Sancho in the summer after Dortmund ‘held a gun to his head’ over the deal.
Ed and United ‘dodged a bullet’ there and are far more keen on landing Haaland with £37million teenage wing sensation Amad Diallo arriving from Atalanta this month.
The report does point out the ‘drawback’ of having to deal with Raiola, but adds that the United bosses privately insist they wouldn’t be put off dealing with the super agent over Haaland.
The 20-year-old has a release clause in his contract of £65million, but that does not come into effect until June 2022, meaning any club interested in signing him before then will have to pay full market price.
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