Mino Raiola claims Paul Pogba has done "nothing wrong" at Manchester United

Pogba transfer saga continues

One of the sagas of the summer and one that's unlikely to end anytime soon is the current situation surrounding the future of Manchester United's club record signing, Paul Pogba.

The 26 year-old is never too far away from the headlines at the best of times but ever since the re-appointment of Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid boss, there's been huge amounts of speculation that he will follow his compatriot to the Bernabeu.

Los Blancos have been on a huge €300m spending spree this summer and Zizou has identified the World Cup winner as his primary midfield target, but a move won't come cheap.

Pogba still has three years left to run on his deal at Old Trafford which puts United in the driving seat when it comes to their talismans future, but every player does have their price. The Red Devils are believed to value him at around £150m which means if the La Liga giants are to stump up the cash, they may need to move a few off the books.

Pogba has stated in the past that it would be a dream to play under Zidane and just a few weeks ago when on a promotional tour in Japan, he made his intentions clear. The midfielder stated that now "could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else" - words that haven't gone down well with United supporters.

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During his second stint at Old Trafford he's been both brilliant and frustratingly inconsistent which led to many fans turning their back on him last season. Many see him as the root of many problems behind the scenes at the club and those comments don't do much to change that view.

Drama seems to follow the 26 year-old and a lot of it comes from his ridiculous agent, the hugely controversial Mino Raiola. The Italian who was recently the recipient of a three month worldwide ban from all football activity is one of the most disliked figures in the game, with many citing him as a reason for Pogba trying to engineer a move away from Old Trafford.

Well today, he finally spoke out on his clients future and just like the words used by the man himself, his will also cause a huge stir amongst the Manchester United fan base.

Raiola speaks out

Despite Pogba telling the worlds media he wanted a "new challenge" and even getting involved in a spat with a fan in the Red Devils' final Premier League game of the season against Cardiff, Raiola claims that Pogba has done "nothing wrong" and has been "respectful and professional". He also told the The Times recently that "everyone within the club, from the manager to the owner knows Paul's wishes."

This comes despite the fact the Italian said that everyone at the club is aware of his desire to move on from Old Trafford and he was "in the process" of getting a transfer arranged for him. Which if true really begs the question why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken him on the clubs pre-season tour to Australia...

Raiola released an exclusive statement to talkSPORT on the future of his client which read:

"The player has done nothing wrong, he has been respectful and professional in every way,

"The club knows his feeling for a long time, it is a shame other people only like to criticise without the right information and I'm also sorry that the club does not take any position against this.

"Hopefully there will soon be a satisfying solution for all parties."

He may be one of their best players but keeping someone against their will isn't going to be good for morale. United endured a terrible 18/19 which saw them fail to qualify for the Champions League and finish sixth, so a fast start against Chelsea on 11th August is absolutely essential.

Pogba is an influential member of the United dressing room and if he's around all pre-season, in training and involved in the match day squad with a negative mindset it'll only spell bad news for United. So it could be worth cashing in on him while they can early on in the window and and use the money to bring in a motivated, suitable replacement.

The Red Devils are currently in Australia at the moment and a video surfaced on Twitter yesterday which appears to shot Pogba and teammate Jesse Lingard get involved in a little spat which has to be broken up by Victor Lindelof. Perhaps we're reading into it too much, but if it's genuine it could just be the sign of things to come...


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