Raiola Fanning the Flames

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It has been quite an astonishing start to Tuesday with super-agent Mino Raiola well and truly sticking his nose into the current goings on at Manchester United and sending the media into overdrive.

His client is, of course, World Cup winner Paul Pogba (£9.15). The Frenchman has started the season for the Red Devils as the captain and has scored in both games via the penalty spot but his comments after the 3-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday that himself and the whole team had the wrong attitude has drawn criticism from fans, pundits and former players. One of the more vocal critics has been former Manchester United legend Paul Scholes (What would his value be on the Football Index) who let’s not forget doesn’t exactly lack in the trophy winning department, stated that Pogba doesn’t have the leadership qualities to succeed as a captain.  He wasn’t alone in his criticism but he certainly seems to have upset Pogba’s agent.

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola bit back this morning stoking the fires with a series of scathing tweets aimed in the direction of former United legend Paul Scholes, launching into an attack stating that “Some people need to talk for the fear of being forgotten. Paul Scholes wouldn’t recognise a leader if he was in front of Sir Winston Churchill” and then followed this up with “Paul Scholes should become sports director and advise Woodward to sell Pogba. Would be sleepless nights to find Pogba a new club”. Tagging his client in both tweets. Now that certainly will peak the interest of the media on a Treble Media Day (What is a Treble Media Day? here.)

The speculation surrounding Pogba’s future has been front and centre of the media’s attention for some time, in the last week alone, the United number 6 has picked up £0.26 in Media Dividends which in turn has helped his price rise by £0.70 in just seven days.  This has been driven with links suggesting a move away to Barcelona and then of course Pogba’s comments last week that there was lots he wanted to stay but he didn’t want to be fined. Raiola’s actions today suggest that he is looking to move his client from United and claim another huge pay day.

With the Spanish transfer window still not being shut until the end of the month the speculation looks set to continue and roll for at least 10 more days, will we see another £10 player?



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Introduced to Football INDEX while England were being dumped out of Euro 2016 by Iceland, Jim analyses the market in detail to help Traders enhance their portfolios.

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