FIFA is to investigate the world-record transfer to Manchester United by French international midfielder, Paul Pogba, a source at the world football’s governing body told AFP on Tuesday.
Paul Pogba was transferred for more than £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) in August 2016 from Italian club Juventus to the English football giant, Manchester United.
Confirmation of the investigation came after French media reports said FIFA had opened an inquiry into the transfer orchestrated under the Portuguese United Manager, Jose Mourinho.
It was not clear at the time of publishing this report what aspect(s) of the transfer deal FIFA is going to investigate.
Pogba, 24, started his career with Manchester United as a wee youngster, but made just three appearances in the Premier League before heading to Italy, after an apparent falling out with then United’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, Pogba flourished in Serie A, winning four league titles with Juventus between 2012 and 2016. He also appeared in the 2015 Champions League final, which Juventus lost 3-1 to Barcelona.
At the same time, the powerful midfielder made himself a mainstay of the French national team. He made his debut in March 2013, just a week after his 20th birthday, in a World Cup qualifier against Georgia.
He also featured as part of the 2014 French World Cup squad and was named the tournament’s best young player. Pogba’s performances at the 2016 European Championship helped attract the attention of his former club Manchester United, under new manager Jose Mourinho.
After a protracted transfer saga, lasting several weeks, Pogba eventually signed for United last August and has so far appeared in almost 50 league and cup games this season.
I wonder, the heck! what FIFA would be looking to investigate about United’s future midfield maestro and French danger man . . . ?
Up Man U!