Tuesday October 25 2016
Marotta: ‘Raiola gets €27m for Pogba’

Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta reveals Mino Raiola will receive €27m after Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United.

The midfielder returned to Old Trafford for a fee of €105m this summer, but there has been confusion about his agent’s commission.

“He [Pogba] came from United for a price of around €1.5m,” Marotta explained to shareholders.

“After four years with us he decided to return to England, he wanted to leave at all costs. Our asking price was €105m plus €5m in bonuses, which is payable if the player renews with United or leaves for a fee of more than €50m.

“That brings us to a capital gain in the budget of €95m. Mino Raiola and his company will be paid €27m. Taking fees into account, the total gain for Pogba was €72m.

“Even then we didn’t want to sell him, we wanted to put in French roots at Juventus.”

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Marotta was then grilled about the level of the squad, with the director criticised for failing to replace Pogba.

“We always aim for the maximum, conducting our transfer campaign to do as well as possible. We’re the undisputed League champions for the past five years.

“The Champions League is different, it’s not always the absolute best team that wins. We believe the squad we have is competitive, regardless of the non-arrivals of [Axel] Witsel and [Blaise] Matuidi.

“It’s been said that we have a high average age, but can I remind everyone that there’s a 16-year-old on our bench these days, [Moise] Kean. He’s likely to play.

“Juan Cuadrado? He’s on loan [for three years] at €5m per season, if Juventus win the Scudetto then there will be an obligatory buyout and €20m will go to Chelsea.

“We loaned [Simone] Zaza to West Ham for €5m, the obligation to buy will be triggered at 14 appearances [he currently has seven], regardless of time on the pitch.

“[Kingsley] Coman is on a two-year loan for €7m, with a buyout clause of €21m. I think Bayern will sign him outright, if not we have a player who has been enhanced by two years at a big club.”

Finally, the director was asked about Miralem Pjanic’s disallowed goal against Milan on Saturday.

“We were wronged at San Siro on Saturday, everyone can see that,” Marotta replied.

“We didn’t complain, at the end of the match I had a very civil discussion with [referee Nicola] Rizzoli, letting him know my point of view.

“We’re not looking for excuses, Juventus need to win even with refereeing mistakes.”

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