Paul Pogba’s world-record £89.3 million transfer from Juventus to Manchester United is currently being investigated by FIFA, according to the AFP news agency. French outlet Mediapart add that the information pertaining to the transfer was requested several weeks ago by FIFA.
Although there has not yet been confirmation about the nature of the investigation, there have recently been reports that world football’s governing body would open an enquiry into the transfer the role his agent, Mino Raiola, played in the deal.
Raiola is said to have acted on behalf of both clubs involved in the deal – Manchester United and Juventus – as well as Pogba himself, a conflict of interests that is in contravention of FIFA regulations. Mediapart report that the agent “didn’t seem to have declared to Manchester United that he was also working for Juventus.”
However it is not just his role in the deal that may be under scrutiny, but the amount to be paid to him as a result of it. According to Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger, the authors of Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football, Raiola was paid £23 million of the initial £89.3 million transfer fee, with a further £16.39 million to follow over the course of Pogba’s five-year contract with Manchester United.
Since returning to Manchester United, Pogba has made 48 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring seven goals for Jose Mourinho’s side.