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Transfer Balls: Manchester United sweat as Pogba waits for Real Madrid

by | 18th, July 2016

More top-notch reporting on overrated France and Juventus footballer Paul Pogba, currently valued at £100m.

The Manchester Evening News spins no news into the news that Paul Pogba’s agent “has not set a deadline for the player to complete a move to Manchester United”. In other words, Pogba has not agreed to join Manchester United.

The paper than adds that “all parties want to conclude the deal quickly”. What deal? Samuel Luckhurst’s entire story is thus:

Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is understood not to have set Manchester United a deadline to sign the Juventus midfielder. However, it is understood all parties are thought to want to conclude the deal quickly and do not want to drag the saga out all summer.

Understand? No, us neither.

The Times sticks to the facts and reminds readers that Poga plays for Juventus.  It then quotes Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri: “Anyone who has the opportunity to leave Juventus has to consider things very carefully, because right now Juve are among the top four European clubs. This is not a selling club that just lets its players go. Pogba belongs to Juve.”

True enough. Pogba is under contract to a resurgent Juve.

Over in Spain, AS reports: “Real Madrid asks Pogba and his agent to be patient as they work out their finances.” The paper says Real don’t have a 120 million euros to buy Pogba, and need to make a big sale to raise funds. Real have debts of 620 million euros. Pogba will wait for Real because his “dream is still to be at the orders of Zidane”.

Raiola hasn’t set a deadline because Pogba is waiting for Real to make their move. Well, maybe.

The Indy reminds its readers that Pogba “described the Old Trafford club as his ‘first family’”.  It fails to add that Pogba also called Juventus his “family” and Real Madrid the “white house” of football teams. When handed a Manchester United shirt, Pogba’s first reaction was to laugh.

Such are the facts.

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