Paul Pogba's Agent Reportedly Trying to Force Manchester United Transfer

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2018

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, right, talks to Manchester United's Paul Pogba during the Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between Sevilla FC and Manchester United at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)
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Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, "has been calling other top European clubs in the past week to try and persuade them to go after Pogba in the summer transfer market," according to Grant Wahl of SI.com.

According to Wahl, though, "so far nobody is biting." 

The impetus for Raiola jockeying for a summer move seems to be the reported tension between Pogba and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

As Wahl noted, the France international expected to return to the starting lineup against Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday, only to find himself on the bench—though he was brought on in the 17th minute after Ander Herrera suffered an injury.

However, Barney Ronay of the Guardian noted after the match: "Mourinho had already told the TV cameras that the presence of Pogba on the bench for United's most significant game of the season to date was due to the player not 'feeling one hundred percent.' He also suggested once again it had been Pogba's 'own decision' not to play against Huddersfield at the weekend."

And per Wahl, Mourinho has been saying "he likes Pogba, has no interest in selling him and is just trying to motivate the French star to play better."

Pogba, 24, has appeared in 21 games across the Premier League and Champions League, registering three goals and 10 assists in those contests. He's earned a 7.51 grade from WhoScored.com in the Premier League, good for ninth in the rankings.

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The Frenchman's talent is unmistakable, but any club inquiring about his services come the summer may be put off by the price tag.

Pogba joined United on an £89 million transfer from Juventus in the summer of 2016 and is reportedly bagging £290,000 a week in wages, according to Wahl. It's unlikely Pogba's price has gone down since, meaning his acquisition would not only deplete a club's transfer funds but also completely alter its wage bill as well. 

With clubs perhaps unlikely to match United's valuation of Pogba, the club would likely prefer the player and manager smooth out their relationship as quickly as possible. 

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