Mino Raiola: Why Paul Pogba's move to Man Utd took a year to complete

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Almost a month on from his world-record return to Manchester United and details continue to emerge of Paul Pogba's move.

It's agent Mino Raiola who has addressed the topic, revealing in a number of interviews with various publications what convinced the Frenchman to snub Real Madrid and how Jose Mourinho tried to sign him last summer at Chelsea.

Well, he's been at it again, this time speaking to talkSPORT.


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For someone who insisted on being tight-lipped throughout the summer, Raiola certainly seems happy to lap up the attention now the transfer window is over.

Anyway, in his latest revelation, the Italian-born Dutchman explained how and why Pogba's £89 million move to Old Trafford took over a year to complete.

That's right - United were in talks to re-sign the France international even when Louis van Gaal was in charge.

According to Manchester Evening News, Raiola said: "Pogba was a deal that we were working on already for a year - maybe longer.

"It was a complex deal as it involves a lot of parties and involves a lot of high stakes rights and it is difficult to get them all aligned.

"I work for the player, that is always very clear, so try to do what is in the interests of the player, what is his wishes, and I try to keep that always in mind."

United will regard Pogba's move as time and money well spent should he inspire Premier League glory this season.

And they're well on their way to achieving just that having won each of their first three games, beating Bournemouth on the opening day, Southampton the week after and Hull City most recently.

The Red Devils currently sit atop the table alongside rivals Manchester City and Chelsea and will only get better when Pogba finds his stride in the Premier League.

That's what Mourinho thinks anyway, after lavishing praise on the 23-year-old following United's 2-0 victory over Southampton at the Theatre of Dreams.

"It just shows the personality of the player," he said. "His first match, his first touch was a bad one and led to a counter-attack and a free-kick and an opportunity for the opponent but he was not affected. The boy is fantastic."

"He could have played 30 minutes more, he could have played extra-time, no problem."

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