Six Mino Raiola quotes on Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba's move from Juventus to Manchester United has already taken so many twists and turns it will be a relief once the saga eventually ends.

Day-by-day, the deal edges closer towards its completion but one man who has been under just as much scrutiny as Pogba is his super agent Mino Raiola.

The 48-year-old has been in constant contact with United officials throughout the summer, having already been the agent behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan's arrival at Old Trafford in the last month.


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But his most lucrative deal yet would appear to be Pogba's £100 million move back to Manchester, where he could earn roughly £20 million from brokering the transfer.

His perception in the media hasn't always been the greatest - particularly in the last few months - and he has gained somewhat of a reputation for the way the deals he becomes involved in usually play out.

And on the day Raiola claimed he didn't 'give a damn' that his French client's move will break the world record, we've had a look back at some of his most bizarre quotes throughout the saga.

No stranger to manipulating the media to get his own way, Raiola is never afraid to give the press the runaround - regardless of how laughable his comments are.

"If the Welshman (Gareth Bale) is worth 100 million, then Balotelli and Pogba are worth twice as much. And if Mario is the Mona Lisa, Paul is without doubt a Salvador Dali in terms of how precious and important he is," - 2013.

Even three years before Pogba is set to break the transfer record, Raiola made the ridiculous claim that his client was worth double than the most expensive player in history.

The fact he considered Balotelli in the same league proves just how bad his judgement really is.

"He won't move in January. He expressed his desire to finish the year at Juve, and the big players rarely move in January. June, however, is very far away. In terms of the transfer market, it's a different time, almost a different century," - December 2015.

Raiola thought Pogba could have already left Juventus by now. Did he forget about Euro 2016 or was just completely oblivious to the fact a major tournament was just around the corner.

“When someone is paid to talk about something, that doesn’t mean he knows what he’s talking about. Lineker is one of those,” - June 29.

Gary Lineker posted a cheeky tweet to claim Pogba was overrated during Euro 2016 - a comment Raiola took particular exception to. He also added: “When Gary Lineker talks about Pogba, he hasn’t the slightest idea what he’s talking about.”

“My % about Pogba to leave Juventus? You can’t always know everything in the life. We’ll see our decision.

“Paul is not desperate to move. We are very happy at Juventus and they are a club that want to keep their star players.” - July 11.

In what could have easily been a ploy to force the Red Devils to make their move, he played down the chances of the transfer and also his cut.

"There is no deal done regarding Paul Pogba, lots of bla bla bla." - July 21.

The super agent came out of Twitter hibernation to provide an update on the progress of the Pogba deal yesterday - of course, no one actually believes him and all of the latest reports suggest confirmation is just around the corner.

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