Did Pogba dodge it?

Raiola agent sug­gests he legally got around third party own­er­ship for player

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY JOE BERN­STEIN /

Paul Pogba’s con­tro­ver­sial agent Mino Raiola has raised fur­ther ques­tions over a re­ported €27mil­lion (Sh3.0bn) pay­ment he re­ceived fol­low­ing his client’s world record move from Ju­ven­tus to Manch­ester United.

In an in­ter­view pub­lished on Satur­day, Raiola cat­e­gor­i­cally stated he hadn’t earned his lu­cra­tive “com­mis­sion” as a fee from Ju­ven­tus.

In­stead, he ap­peared to sug­gest he had been able to legally get around third party owner reg­u­la­tions (TPOs).

“He (Pogba) came from United for a price of around €1.5m (Sh167.0m). Af­ter four years with us he de­cided to re­turn to Eng­land. He wanted to leave at all costs.

“Our ask­ing price was €105m (Sh11.69bn) plus €5m (Sh556.6m) in bonuses, which is payable if the player re­news with United or leaves for a fee of more than €50m (Sh5.56bn).

“That brings us to a cap­i­tal gain in the bud­get of €95m (Sh10.57bn). Mino Raiola and his com­pany will be paid €27m. Tak­ing fees into ac­count, the to­tal gain for Pogba was €72m (Sh8.01bn).”

How­ever, Raiola, who also rep­re­sents two other Manch­ester United play­ers Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan as well as for­mer Manch­ester City and Liver­pool star Mario Balotelli who is now with French club Nice, clouded the is­sue in an in­ter­view with the Fi­nan­cial Times. He told them: “I can’t talk about the con­tract but, in a deal like Pogba’s, it’s not just the clubs who earn from it.”

Asked to ex­plain, the Dutch-based Ital­ian said: “I have to see how I can phrase this in a way that Ju­ven­tus can not tackle me through the law, let’s say. Hmmm. How can I say it? (long pause) Yes, in this deal Ju­ven­tus was not the only owner of the player’s rights. Be care­ful with the le­gal def­i­ni­tion of TPO. But let’s say in that case there was an up­side for our side. And by our side, I mean the player’s side. It’s not al­lowed any more.”

‘I HAVE TO SEE HOW I CAN PHRASE THIS IN A WAY THAT JU­VEN­TUS CAN NOT TACKLE ME THROUGH THE LAW.

/COUR­TESY

Manch­est United mid­fielder Paul Pogba and agent Mino Raiola.

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