Pogba wanted by Chelsea last year: Raiola

The 23-year-old returned to Old Trafford in a world record 105m euro deal earlier this summer


Afp September 29, 2016
The 23-year-old returned to Old Trafford in a world record 105m euro deal earlier this summer. PHOTO: REUTERS

MILAN: Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was targeted by Jose Mourinho for Chelsea last year but was blocked by an agreement between his agent and Juventus, the Frenchman's agent Mino Raiola said Thursday.

Pogba, who left United for free to join Juventus in 2012 at the age of 18, returned to Old Trafford in a world record 105m euro deal earlier this summer.

But Raiola told Rai Sport: "Paul could have left (Juventus) last year because (Jose) Mourinho - then at Chelsea - really wanted him.

Ibra played a hand in Pogba move

"But Juventus and I had agreement: win the league title and the Champions League, then he can go."

Juventus claimed a record-equalling fifth consecutive Serie A title last season but their progress in the Champions League was ended at the quarter-finals stage by Bayern Munich.

United eye first win in Europe

Raiola, meanwhile, said Pogba can expect a present from Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis because his transfer to United prepared the way for Juve to buy striker Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli for 90m euros.

He added: "De Laurentiis should be giving Paul a present, because without his departure Juventus would never have bought Higuain, and he would never have been able to bank all that money."

COMMENTS

Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

E-Publications

Most Read