Mino Raiola is set to earn a huge chunk of money for his involvement in bringing Paul Pogba to Manchester United.
The Red Devils are reported to be ready to pay the agent £20 million, in addition to the £100m they will pay Juventus to sign Pogba.
Now we know why they’re called ‘super agents’.
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The Daily Mail reported on Friday morning that Pogba had completed his medical in Los Angeles. It seemed, then, that an announcement was imminent.
But Raiola has provided an update on the situation. United fans might be waiting a little longer for that announcement.
“Journalist = parrots”, the agent said on Twitter. “No deal done between Clubs. Its a game between Italy press and UK press who announce it first and who is worse.”
Last week, Raiola provided a similar update on social media: “There is no deal done regarding Paul Pogba, lots of bla bla bla.”
Though Raiola has admitted that the deal isn’t as far along as some would have you believe, by not denying discussions have taken place he’s at least hinted that talks have occurred.
As some have pointed out on social media, the recent Adidas advert starring Pogba included newspapers contorted to look like birds. That’s clearly where Raiola’s “Journalists = parrots” barb comes from.
In the advert, Pogba holds a newspaper that reads on one of the pages: “BLAH BLAH?! BLAH BLAH”. The 23-year-old then says: “Don’t believe everything you read in the papers.”
United fans, perhaps annoyed that the deal is taking so long to complete, weren’t overly happy with Raiola’s update.
Yet, some have been convinced that Pogba is joining United by his recent social media activity. He posted a picture of himself at a petrol station in the United States that was edited to make his red hat and red shoes stand out.
Intrusive United supporters read the dominance of the red as a sign that Pogba was confirming his move to Old Trafford.
It still appears likely that the Frenchman will become a United player in the coming days - the only other interested party, Real Madrid, aren’t willing to match United’s fee - but confirmation might not come this week.
But should the two parties fail to reach an agreement soon, United manager Jose Mourinho may well scrap his plans to sign Pogba and search elsewhere for the centre midfielder he craves.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the Portuguese has told United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to sign Blaise Matuidi if a deal for his France teammate cannot be completed by next week.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder wouldn’t cost nearly as much as Pogba but, at the age of 29, doesn’t come with the enormous potential.