Mino Raiola says agreement with Juventus stopped Paul Pogba leaving in 2015

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Jose Mourinho's interest in working with Paul Pogba stretches back to well before he found himself in the dugout at Old Trafford.

Pogba rejoined Manchester United in a world-record move worth £89 million during the summer and was one of Mourinho's four primary transfer targets after he replaced Louis van Gaal back in May.

However, the move would not have been possible if things had gone differently 12 months earlier.

Mourinho, who was still at Chelsea at the time, had endured a frustrating summer in the transfer market and, according to an article published by L'Equipe in March, launched an audacious bid in the region of £75 million for Pogba.

At the time, it was believed the offer was rejected on the basis that it had come too late in the window for Pogba's club, Juventus, to find a replacement, however, the Frenchman's agent has suggested that was not the only contributing factor.

Mino Raiola was the man to broker the Red Devils' mega move for the 23-year-old but claimed an agreement he had with Juventus also prevented Pogba making the switch to Chelsea.

"Paul could have left [Juventus] last year because Mourinho - then at Chelsea - really wanted him," Raiola told Rai Sport.

"But Juventus and I had an agreement: win the league title and the Champions League, then he can go."

So the midfielder stayed in Turin for another season and picked up his fourth consecutive Serie A title, but couldn't quite guide Massimiliano Allegri's side to a European triumph.

The finalists from 2015 crashed out at the quarter-final stage to Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich.

Despite not winning the competition, Pogba still left the club, only to join Man United instead of Chelsea.

Mourinho must now be feeling pretty grateful for Raiola's agreement, given his summer appointment at Old Trafford. But of course, it is also worth considering the possibility the Portuguese could have still been at Chelsea today had the deal for Pogba been completed.

The new Red Devils star put in his best performance of the campaign so far against Leicester last weekend and after taking a few weeks to settle into life back in England, Pogba looks more than capable of proving he was worth such a huge price tag.

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