Paul Pogba limps away from France training with injury
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Mino Raiola has reportedly set two demands to Manchester United over the sale of midfielder Paul Pogba. France star Pogba has entered the final year of his contract at Old Trafford. He is allowed to speak to foreign clubs as of January 1 regarding a free transfer next summer.
United would naturally prefer to receive money for Pogba, who remains the club-record signing.
But convincing him to sign a new contract appears to be unlikely.
Therefore they may have to accept a cut-price fee for the 28-year-old in January.
Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, Ian McGarry claims Raiola has spoken to United recently about Pogba’s future.
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Super agent Raiola wants United to accept an offer lower than £16.8million (€20m).
The Italian also wants Pogba to be given a loyalty bonus he would have been due to receive if he stayed at the club for the remainder of the season.
McGarry said: “[Raiola] has had conversations with Manchester United and made a certain list of demands with regards to Pogba’s potential move in January.
“One of them is, on the basis of what he cost Manchester United, then the fee should be no more than what is the remainder of his contract, compared to the money they paid.
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“Which would see him valued at under €20m, which seems amazing but there you go.
“But also that should Pogba leave in January, then he should be paid a loyalty – irony in brackets – bonus that he’s due at the end of his contract in July. That we believe amounts to around €4.5m (£3.7m) net.
“So those are the terms that Mino has set for Pogba to leave and for United to get some money back.
“But obviously that’s a pittance compared to what they have invested over the last four-and-a-half years.”
Earlier this month, United legend Rio Ferdinand gave his verdict on Pogba.
The former defender claimed Cristiano Ronaldo may be the only player in the dressing room who can get the best out of the midfielder.
“There isn’t anyone at Man United other than probably Cristiano,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.
“I can’t imagine anybody getting hold of him and going ‘listen, [if you] carry on, watch. I’m going to be onto you at half time in the changing room’.
“I don’t think there’s that conversation, that kind of dialogue that goes on. Maybe it’s a generational thing, maybe it’s different.
“In our changing room and opposing teams changing rooms, these conversations will be going on on the pitch, and they’ll be going on in the tunnel. Some players need that more than others.”
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