Paul Pogba’s agent denies special relationship with Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has denied any special relationship between himself and Manchester United.

A bid of around £100m for the 23-year-old was launched by Man United last week, and various sources have confirmed Pogba is on his way to Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho has already signed two players – Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – represented by Raiola during this window.

Raiola, however, insisted there was no special bond between himself and the club.

“Juve don’t want to get rid of Pogba – they want him to stay for a long time and they want to renew his contract,” he said.

“And only if he wants to leave we will sit down and talk about it. I can’t exclude anything though, not even that he will be sold to another club.

“The transfer market is open for a long time – it closes in September. Between Raiola and all the clubs in the world there is a line open, not only with Manchester United.

“I don’t have a special relationship with United. Last year there was a big approach from Chelsea but he decided to stay. For this year, we don’t know yet.”

Despite Raiola’s claim, the relationship between himself and the club could not be more glaring. Both Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan received interest from a multitude of clubs, and yet both ended up at Old Trafford.

With the extra flavour of Pogba’s own connection with the club also in the mix, it seems as if United are in pole position to land the Frenchman’s signature in the coming weeks.

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