Pogba’s trans­fer deal­ing un­der scru­tiny

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.