Mino Raiola has revealed that Paul Pogba ‘s world record move to Manchester United was delayed by France’s Euro 2016 exit.
The Frenchman finally sealed an £89million return to Old Trafford earlier this month after weeks of protracted negotiations.
Despite making headway in talks, United had to be patient as Pogba embarked on a four-week holiday in the United States, where he spent time in Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas and New York before returning to Europe to become football’s most expensive player.
Real Madrid were also interested but Raiola instead suggests it was Pogba’s disappointment at missing out on home success with his national team which held up the deal, report the Manchester Evening News.
“Zidane wanted him at Real Madrid but there were another five or six clubs following him as well. Manchester United are now a lot stronger thanks to him, whilst Real Madrid are not,” Raiola told Telefoot .
“I never spoke about the market with Pogba whilst he was playing at the European Championship, and then he went on holiday because he was very disappointed.
“It was only when I arrived in Miami was it when things were put in motion. He explained to me what he wanted. Manchester is his home.”