Paul Pogba almost signed for Chelsea in the 2015 summer transfer window, as per his agent, Mino Raiola.
Paul Pogba, a Manchester United youth academy graduate, left the Old Trafford club for Italian giants Juventus in 2012, after falling out with the then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. And having spent four successful seasons in Turin, the France international returned to his boyhood club, in a world transfer record deal of €105 million (£89.3 million) plus €5 million bonuses.
Apart from Manchester United being his “first family,” another factor which played a major role in convincing the midfielder to make the switch to the Theatre of Dreams was the appointment of Jose Mourinho as the new manager. Pogba, who had expressed his desire to become the best player in the world, believed Mourinho to be the perfect man to help him develop and achieve his dream.
However, Pogba could easily have joined Mourinho at Chelsea instead of Manchester United, the Frenchman’s agent has revealed.
In an interview with Italian news outlet Rai Sport, Mino Raiola revealed: “Paul could have already left (Juventus) last year (in 2015). Mourinho – then at Chelsea – wanted him very strongly, but I and Juve had an agreement: to win the Scudetto (Serie A) and the Champions League and then let him go.”
But things ended up working well for Mourinho, who finally got his star man, and that too at a club he believes to be the biggest in the world.
Pogba scored his first goal for the Red Devils against the reigning Premier League champions Leicester City last weekend, and the France international will now be hoping to build on it, and get on his way to becoming the best in the world under the leadership of the Special One.