Pogba’s transfer dealing under scrutiny
LONDON: Fifa have announced they have launched an investigation into Paul Pogba’s world record £89.3 million (RM491 million) transfer from Juventus to Manchester United last summer. World football’s ruling body have contacted United to ask for clarification about all aspects of the deal, including the extra-ordinary cut of more than £41 million taken by Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola.
Daily Mail created a stir throughout the game on Tuesday with extracts from Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football, based on the research of Der Spiegel journalists in Germany. It detailed the massive sums involved in both the Pogba move and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s free transfer. However, it emerged from Fifa sources that United had been asked to explain the detail of the Pogba transfer some time ago. It is thought that Raiola’s agreement with Juventus — for a 50 per cent slice of anything over a future transfer fee of £40 million — could breach regulations over third-party ownership. A Fifa spokesman said: “We can confirm that Fifa/Transfer Matching System has requested additional information on transfer from what is already available in TMS.”
A United spokesman said: “We don’t comment on contracts. Fifa have had the documents since the transfer was completed last August.”
All the paperwork has to be logged on the Fifa system and Zurich didn’t flag up any problem at the time.
But sources have told that Raiola received such a significant slice of Pogba’s transfer fee — in addition to an additional £16.39 million journalists from Der Spiegel claim he is receiving from United in five installments — because of a deal he is said to have struck five years ago when his client was little more than a hugely promising teenager.
When Pogba completed his move from United to Juventus on Aug 3, 2012 the then 19-year-old French midfielder cost the Italian club just £1.5 million, having upset Sir Alex Ferguson by refusing to sign a new contract at Old Trafford.
But during the negotiations Raiola is understood to have persuaded the Juve hierarchy to agree to the most incredible contract, one that guaranteed the former waiter 50 per cent of anything over a certain figure — believed to be around £40 million — should they sell him on.
Understandably, Juve did not bargain on Pogba developing into a global superstar capable of commanding a fee in excess of what Real Madrid had paid for Cristiano Ronaldo.
At the same time they also knew that while Raiola would make a phenomenal amount of money, they too would be massively in profit. They were the terms if Juventus wanted the player, and they agreed to them.
But it meant Raiola was already cashing in to the tune of £22.8 million, according to the figures quoted in this new book, even before he negotiated his fees with United bosses for bringing his client back to Old Trafford.
Pogba, the Der Spiegel journalists claim, is to pay Raiola a further £2.2 million. United appear to have paid the extra £16.39 million to take Raiola’s total cut to that mind-boggling figure of £41.39 million for a single transfer.
But it could turn out to be what appears to be a sell-on fee paid by Juventus that is the focus of Fifa’s attention.
Raiola declined to comment when contacted on Tuesday. Asked via text message if he would respond to allegations about the Pogba deal by taking a telephone call, he replied ‘no’.
Paul Pogba moved from Juventus to Manchester United for a world record fee of RM491 million last summer.