Leading French football journalist hints Manchester United might lead race for Pogba

by Robbie Dunne

French football journalist Julien Laurens believes that the relationship forged between Manchester United and Mina Raiola could help when Paul Pogba transfer talks gets serious.

Talk is heating up regarding the 23-year-old’s future and while Man United and Real Madrid appear to be the only two clubs left with any realistic desire to sign him, United could be leading the way following successful discussions between Raiola and the club over Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Laurens also touched on the fact Pogba could consider Man United a chapter in his career which is still yet to be closed as a potential driving force behind a move.

Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, Laurens said: “I think there’s part of him that thinks he has unfinished business there, I was not respected, they didn’t look after me.

“His agent Mino Raiola is in a strong position at Manchester United after bringing them Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan.”

While Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez remain confident that the player wants a move to Madrid, a lot has to be said about the business relationships built between United and the player’s agent.

Pogba played for United as a teenager and left at 19 when he felt as though he was not getting the kind of game time he deserved. He has excelled at Juventus following that move and now believes he is capable of bigger and better things in a league more competitive than Italy’s Serie A.

Further reports suggest that Ed Woodward has already begun negotiations for Pogba and this head-start could hold United in good stead when decisions need to be made.

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