It’s quite rare for Mino Raiola to give interviews, but when he does, it’s normally to stir things up a bit.
One of his main clients is a certain Paul Pogba, currently contracted to Manchester United, whose deal at Old Trafford is up next summer.
So, naturally, when the agent sat down to talk to RAI Sport in Italy, the subject of the French midfielder potentially returning to Juventus, his former club, came up.
When asked about the possibility, Raiola said, relayed by Corriere dello Sport: “Pogba’s contract expires next year. We’ll talk with Manchester United and we’ll see. Of course, Turin stayed in his heart and he cares a lot about these things. The possibility of him coming back is there, but it also depends on Juve”.
In typical Raiola fashion, this so happens to come out a few days after the Red Devils suffered a defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League, yet during the start to a season where his client has indeed impressed, picking up seven assists in four Premier League games.
His outings are never a coincidence, and the timing is rather clever, putting pressure on Manchester United to pay one of their stars after a good run of games, all the while doing it when they are quite vulnerable and at the centre of everyone’s attention after a rather embarrassing defeat.