I sat and beheld a pale horse, and the name that sat upon it was 'separately negotiated agent fee', and Mino Raiola followed it.
The above is the quote from the updated Book of Revelations, as football takes a nose-dive off the face of the Earth and into the abyss. The exact figures involved in taking Paul Pogba back to Manchester United have been revealed, and they will confirm your suspicions that the game is gone.
Writing for ESPN FC, Miguel Delaney reveals that Juventus are insisting on receiving €120 million for Pogba, whilst at the same time refusing to give Pogba's agent Mino Raiola a cut of the fee, meaning the onus will be on United to pay Raiola's fee: a frankly ludicrous €25m. So much for Mr. 10%.
Oh, and Pogba's wage demands are €300,000 per week.
Should United end up giving Pogba a five-year contract, they will be committing to a total outlay of €217 million on a player they allowed join for Juventus for free back in 2012. (Granted, when Raiola decides he fancies another massive payday in a few years and tries to flog Pogba to Real Madrid, they may make a chunk of this back).
United will probably pay it eventually, to put us all out of our misery, and one can only imagine the absurd levels of schadenfreude Raiola will be indulging in should United end up paying him €25 million out of their coffers, given this is what Alex Ferguson has previously had this to say about him last year:
There are one or two football agents I simply do not like, and Mino Raiola, Paul Pogba’s agent is one of them. I distrusted him from the moment I met him.
We had Paul under a three-year contract, and it had a one-year renewal option which we were eager to sign.
Raiola suddenly appeared on the scene and our first meeting was a fiasco. He and I were like oil and water.
From then our goose was cooked because Raiola had been able to integrate himself with Paul and his family and the player signed with Juventus.
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