Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has revealed how the midfielder completed a world-record transfer to Manchester United this summer.
The controversial agent oversaw the world-record signing of Pogba from Juventus by Manchester United this summer, in a deal believed to be worth around £89m, and says it was only the Red Devils that showed true intent and had the ‘balls’ to complete such a move.
“I think Manchester United showed the world this summer that they were not going to stand still, they want to be the best,” Raiola was quoted by the Daily Mail.
“They sent out a message with the transfers they did that this is the biggest club in the world. I always say to my players we go where we are needed. United will always be one of the biggest clubs in the world whether by reputation or balance sheet.
“Yes, Manchester United had no Champions League and weren’t champions but they needed us the most.”
Raiola, who also represents Zlatan Ibrahimovic, also reveals that United had after Pogba for two years, and added that the player was tempted by a move to Real Madrid before completing return to Old Trafford.
“United had been talking to us for two years about Pogba,” Raiola reveals.
“They had taken my player Sergio Romero and we had kept the lines of communication open.
“We knew we had interest, we spoke to Juventus, they really wanted to try for the Champions League, they gave him the No 10 shirt and we said we would give it one more year.
“Then I worked on an exit plan. We had two offers from the Premier League and two outside.
“Paul said United was in his heart, Woodward wanted him at United a year ago and Mourinho had wanted him at Chelsea too, so when the two combined we knew it was right.
“For the player, Real Madrid would have been easier, La Liga, Champions League, but he wanted the greater challenge.”