Mino Raiola changes his tune over Pogba exit but drops another hint

Rob McCarthy

Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola admits the midfielder is unlikely to leave Manchester United in January.

But Raiola has left the door open for a summer move away from Old Trafford.

Raiola caused a stir last week when he claimed Pogba was unhappy at United and “needs to change team”. That sparked an angry response from United legend Gary Neville.

However, the France international later posted a message on Instagram suggesting he had no intention of going anywhere soon.

Raiola has now hinted that the reaction to his initial comments was over the top. But he still believes a summer transfer for the 27-year-old is on the cards.

“When it comes to him in England they are sensitive, perhaps too sensitive,” Raiola was quoted as saying by Tuttosport at the Golden Boy Awards.

“In January, the big players hardly move, then in the summer let’s see what happens.”

Pogba’s future has been an almost constant source of speculation for the last couple of seasons.

Recent reports are linking him with a return to Juventus, athough Spanish giants Real Madrid are also keen.

United in U-turn over defender chase

Manchester United have taken a step back from the pursuit of Dayot Upamecano, according to a report.

Upamecano has been heavily linked with a move to United in recent months. The France international has established himself as one of the most promising defenders in Europe.

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There was already a lot of interest in Upamecano in the summer, but he signed a new contract with RB Leipzig. He seems destined to move on to bigger things in the near future, though.

As part of his new contract, he will have a release clause worth £38m active in summer 2021. That means clubs are likely to swoop in for him in half a year.

However, United may not be one of those contenders. According to David Ornstein, writing for the Athletic, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has cooled his interest in the centre-back. Read more…