Mino Raiola has told Manchester United to outline their plan to return to the top of European football to Paul Pogba, or they risk losing him this summer transfer window.
The Frenchman has rediscovered his best form over the course of the past few months and played a key role in cementing United’s position as the best of the rest in England, behind Man City, and also in their journey towards the Europa League final.
Pogba’s long-term future, however, still remains uncertain. The 28-year-old midfielder is approaching the final year of his current deal and talks over a new contract have been placed on hold.
Real Madrid and Juventus continue to be linked with the player, and unless a breakthrough is made in talks, the Red devils will be placed in a difficult position, knowing they will be unable to make any profit on him.
When quizzed what the future held for Pogba, Raiola said his client is driven only by a desire to win football’s big prizes but admitted ‘nothing is impossible’ ahead of the summer window, and suggested a possible deal involving Eden Hazard was not beyond the realms of possibility.
When questioned as to why Pogba wasn’t already playing for Madrid, Raiola told AS: ‘It is a question to ask Madrid. At one time Pogba felt a lot of love and trust from United, and there were several other clubs.
‘Later, it is very difficult for United and Madrid to understand each other for a great transfer, because strong clubs do not want to sell strong players to other strong clubs.
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‘And I’m not going to fool him, for Pogba playing for Madrid was always a very attractive thing for Zidane too. He is his idol as a young man.’
Pressed further on whether a move was likely this summer, Raiola said: ‘I do not know. I think that nothing is impossible, but football depends on the day. As it is.
‘And you have to be flexible to think of all the possibilities. And if tomorrow Madrid wants to make a Hazard-Pogba change? It is just an example. And if all four parties like it, why not?’