Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has discussed the prospect of a move to Bayern Munich in an interview with German outlet Sport.
Pogba’s Manchester United contract is expiring at the end of the season and Raiola says that Bayern are the only German club who could afford to sign the Frenchman.
He acknowledged that the German model of football is different and that while an offer from Bayern has not come in yet, it could do.
Raiola said that more will be known about Pogba’s future in the next two months, by which time the January transfer window will have been open and then closed again.
“We have many offers for him, including a contract extension. We’ll see what’s best for him,” said Raiola of Pogba.
When asked if Bayern had made an offer, Raiola replied: “Not yet, but maybe it will come tomorrow. You have to ask Bayern that. We deal with everything. But Bayern are the only ones who could afford it. I think we’ll know more in two months.
“Do you actually know that we almost brought Matthijs de Ligt to Munich? We were in very good talks. It’s a shame it didn’t work out in the end.
Elsewhere in the interview, Raiola seemed to have a different message about Bayern and Pogba, saying: “That is not possible because the German mentality is different. They cannot and do not want to pay these high salaries.
“The only German club that could do that is Bayern Munich. But even they can’t get to Paul’s salary. Germans are at the bottom of the international salary pyramid.”
As Raiola says, German clubs, even Bayern, do not tend to pay the kind of huge salary Pogba would be commanding as a free agent.
It would be a break from their character to sign Pogba from a financial point of view, and also because he is an unpredictable maverick player at a club which tends to prioritise consistency and efficiency.
It remains to be seen what the other offers Raiola says he has for Pogba are because many of Europe’s top clubs are struggling financially.
But the fact Pogba looks all set to be a free agent will appeal to cash-strapped clubs, and Raiola will be doing his utmost to get the best deal for himself and his client.
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