Football Leaks: FIFA investigate Paul Pogba transfer

Football Leaks reveal more corruption in football

FIFA have concluded their investigation into Paul Pogba's £89.3 million move from Juventus to Manchester United.

Football's governing body were left unhappy with Paul Pogba's agent and the part he played in the deal which broke the world record for a transfer fee in 2016.

Mino Raiola, Pogba's agent, was said to have represented both clubs in the deal, as well as the player himself. Paul Pogba's role in the transfer was not under investigation, but his agent upset the authorities with FIFA investigating Juventus for suspected third-party ownership breaches.

However, today it has been revealed that Juventus or indeed Mino Raiola did nothing to break the rules and regulations, according to Football Leaks.

Paul Pogba World Cup

The Pogba transfer

In 2016, Paul Pogba re-signed for Manchester United from Italian giants Juventus for a fee of around £89.3 million - a world record fee at the time.

The French international signed a five-year contract worth over £75 million not inclusive of bonuses and clauses.

Pogba is one of the highest earning players in world football and his agent is one of the highest paid in his field, too.

Raiola pocketed over £40 million for his part in the Pogba move.

Paul Pogba Manchester United

What did Raiola do wrong?

Technically, nothing. The 'superagent' won't face any charges on the deal for the role he played in making it happen, despite coming under investigation after representing all three parties in the deal.

Fifa did, however, describe the deal as "certainly reproachable", saying that they "should not be tolerated", according to German magazine Der Spiegel which was leaked internal Fifa documents.

Raiola is said to have pocketed around £41 million from the Pogba deal with Juventus paying him £24 million and United shelling out £16 million in order to get the move and the midfielder's five-year contract signed and sealed, according to The Times.

Those transactions lead to the FIFA investigation into Juventus for breaking Third Party Ownership rules (or TPO rules), but the governing body couldn't find anything that breached the rules in place to prevent such transfers.

Raiola

Will the rules change?

Given Fifa's disappointment in how the deal was completed, it wouldn't be surprising to see the rules altered in the coming years. 

Any changes wouldn't affect this deal, of course, but it could alter the role played by so-called superagents in the future.

Rule changes are likely to prevent one agent from representing all three parties, which could affect how agents like Mino Raiola and Jorge Mendes do their business.

Though, for now, the rules will stay as they are, allowing for more deals like the Paul Pogba move to Manchester United.


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