Man Utd: What's going on with Raiola and Pogba?
Manchester United turned down an approach from Juventus to swap Paul Pogba with Miralem Pjanic and Douglas Costa in the summer, according to reports in Italy. Pogba’s future has been a constant subject of speculation since he returned to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, with Real Madrid long-time admirers and a return to Turin often mooted.
The France international’s contract with United expires in the summer of 2022 and, according to his agent Mino Raiola, the 27-year-old is not willing to sign a new deal.
In an interview with Tuttosport released at the start of the week, Raiola said: “There’s no point beating about the bush. It’s better to speak out clearly, look forward and avoid wasting time to find culprits.
“Paul is unhappy at Manchester United, he can’t manage to express himself like he wants to and like people expect him to.
“He needs to change team. He needs a change of scenery. He has a contract that will expire in a year and a half, in the summer of 2022, but the best solution for all parties is a transfer in the next (summer) window.
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“Otherwise the Old Trafford club, which I have a great relationship with, knows well that they would risk losing him on a free transfer, given that at the moment it’s not the player’s intention to extend the contract.
“If anybody can’t understand this, then they know little or nothing about football. Anyway, they’re free to direct all the blame to myself if Paul were to leave next summer.”
United will likely have to accept a cut-price fee for Pogba next summer or risk losing him on a free transfer at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
However, according to Italian website Calciomercato, the Reds were given the opportunity to get Pogba off their books in the summer transfer window.
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Juventus’ interest in the World Cup winner was widely reported but with the Serie A giants unable to finance a deal to meet United’s £90 million price tag, they instead proposed an exchange deal.
Pjanic and Costa were offered as a package to United during informal negotiations for Pogba, but the Italian side received a “negative response” with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanting to strengthen in other areas.
Bosnian international Pjanic would later move on to Barcelona in a deal that saw Brazilian midfielder Arthur head in the opposite direction.
Costa, meanwhile, ejoined Bayern Munich on loan for the current campaign.
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