Contract Talks Shelved
The agent of Manchester United forward Paul Pogba has cancelled talks about a new deal at Old Trafford. The news comes amongst claims the Frenchman is ‘tearing the dressing room apart’.
Mino Raiola was due to have talks with members of the United hierarchy over a new contract. The player’s current deal expires in June 2021. But those talks were cancelled last week.
Criticism has been aimed at Pogba in recent weeks by former Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Roy Keane with a reluctance to track back and defend being cited as a major flaw in his game.
“I don’t think he leads by example, from what I see. I don’t know what he’s like on the training ground or when they’re travelling, but from what I see. He mentioned body language and pride, but I don’t see it in his performances,” Keane said after United’s 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday.
“He’s talking about body language – but throws his hands up in the air. He’s a big problem for United.”
Meanwhile, The Sun claims Pogba is dividing the dressing room with sources telling the paper he believes the club has gone backward since he left for Juventus in 2012. The Frenchman compounds the issue by suggesting he doesn’t believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man to turn things around for United.
It all appears to be pointing to a summer exit for Pogba. But that would be costly for Raiola. The Dutch-born Italian agent earned £40million from the deal that brought Pogba back to United from Juventus in 2016. However, the commission payments depend on the player remaining at Old Trafford for the five-year duration of his initial contract. An early termination and a move to Real Madrid could end up costing Raiola £16million. However, he would have the opportunity to negotiate with the Spanish giants.
Real are being linked with a summer move but club president Florentino Perez has his own issues with Raiola. The deal that took Pogba back to United was far too expensive for the La Liga side and they had to pull out. That was after Pogba had bought a property in the Spanish capital. Now, Perez and coach Zinedine Zidane are hoping United will cut their losses and run with a transfer for Pogba to Madrid.