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Manchester United lost out on big money in Paul Pogba deal

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Manchester United have lost out on more than £85m in transfer fees after letting Paul Pogba leave the club for free, according to the player's agent.

Mino Raiola, Pogba's agent, thinks his client is now the most valuable player in the world, which means he's worth more than the £85m Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale two summers ago.

Pogba spent time at the Manchester United academy before leaving in 2012 after failing to crack the first-team while Sir Alex Ferguson was manager. He wanted more minutes but left for Juventus on a free transfer.

He's now one of the world's best young midfielders, a regular France international and a key part of Juve's dominant Serie A winning squad.

As a result, Raiola is keen to talk about his transfer valuation as much as possible with speculation linking Pogba with clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

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"Today [Pogba] is the most expensive player in the world," Raiola said as reported by the Daily Express.

"Pogba is a world star and now Juventus are strong enough to hold him long. That's why we extended, even if it is difficult to retain the stars in the Italian championship."

PSG a contender?

The last sentence is telling for Juventus, as even though Juve extended the Frenchman's contract recently he's still expected to move on to another top European club sooner rather than later.

A return to France with Paris Saint Germain has been mooted, if for no other reason than the Parisian moneybags are one of the few clubs in world football that can afford Pogba's asking price and wages.

Other options

Clubs other than PSG that could afford Pogba include Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City while a deal that brings Pogba back to Manchester United is not completely out of the question.

It would require an admission that United got the initial decision to let him go wrong, but as Chelsea did with Nemanja Matic, a little humility can ultimately prove to be beneficial for both player and club.

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