Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola announces his client will leave Manchester United as his time at Old Trafford is ‘OVER’, in a move that will infuriate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before Leipzig clash
- Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United has been subject of much speculation
- His agent Mino Raiola has now come out and said his United career is over
- Timing could not be worse for club on eve of huge Champions League game
- Raiola and United have been at loggerheads before and he has struck huge blow
The timing of the agent’s bombshell could not be worse for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on the eve of a do-or-die Champions League clash with RB Leipzig.
Raiola told Tuttosport: ‘I can say that it’s over for Paul Pogba at Manchester United.’
Paul Pogba’s Manchester United career is over, according to his agent Mino Raiola
Pogba, pictured here with Raiola back in 2016, has caused a headache for United
Pogba’s future has been the subject of much speculation for months but he remained at Old Trafford in the extended summer transfer window.
He also looked back to somewhere near the level he is capable of producing in the comeback win against West Ham on Saturday, contributing with a superb goal.
But now Raiola has thrown an enormous spanner in the works for the club and also, potentially his player.
His short statement could have massive ramifications and whip up a frenzy of distraction at precisely the point Solskjaer needs absolute focus on the task at hand.
United require at least a draw against RB Leipzig in Germany on Tuesday night to guarantee a place in the knockout stages.
And the fallout from Raiola’s statement is likely to rumble on ahead of their crunch derby clash with Manchester City on Saturday.
Pogba had been linked with a summer move away but ended up staying at the club
On Saturday, Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport reported that a ‘divorce’ is on the way between United and Pogba and that it was just a matter of Raiola finding the right offer.
Pogba is still United’s record signing at £89million but has never been shy about teasing a move away from the club he left as an academy star for Juventus before returning to much fanfare.
Back in October he described a possible move to Real Madrid as ‘a dream’, in comments that were dismissed by Solskjaer, who asserted that his midfielder would be with United for another two years.
Pogba’s current deal expires at the end of the season but United have the option to trigger an extension of another year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be furious at the timing of Raiola’s statement to Tuttosport
The powerful agent has a turbulent relationship with Manchester United already
WHERE MIGHT POGBA END UP?
Real Madrid 11/4
Inter Milan 19/1
Bayern Munich 20/1
Manchester City 33/1
Any MLS club 60/1
(Odds on Pogba moving before February 2021 – provided by Betfair)
Solskjaer said two months ago: ‘He’s going to be here for another two years and I’m sure he’s focused on doing his best for us.
‘We want to see the best for Paul and I’m sure in the next couple of years we’ll get the best out of him.’
And Raiola’s latest update is in stark contrast to the news he broke back in August when he said: ‘Pogba is key player for Man Utd, they’ve an important project and he’s 100% included. We’re going to speak about a new contract soon, no stress.’
Juventus and Real Madrid have both previously been considered the major two contenders for Pogba’s signature but the uncertainty of the transfer market in the coronavirus pandemic meant neither made a move for him.
Raiola has consistently been a thorn in United’s side and back in July said: ‘Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are. Everyone within the club from the manager to the owner knows Paul’s wishes.’
Solksjaer’s response was: ‘I can’t be sitting here talking about what Paul and his agent are saying. He’s got a few years left of his contract and he’s been fantastic.’
Pogba seemed to have turned a corner recently but appears to now be on his way out
And the United boss even admitted Raiola’s representation of Erling Haaland was part of the reason the club did not complete a deal for the rising star, who opted for Borussia Dortmund.
Back in January he said: ‘It’s important that we use common sense. There are other things too when you sign players, that you have to keep in control. You can’t give agents the control by giving buyout clauses and stuff.’
The war of words became such a distraction earlier in the year that Gary Neville branded Raiola a ‘leech’ and ‘disgrace’.
And after the public tit-for-tat lay dormant for a while, the agent’s latest revelation will no doubt reignite the furore around him, Pogba and United in the weeks to come.
Pogba is part of the United squad travelling to face RB Leipzig on Tuesday night