Why Paul Pogba may have blocked Matthijs de Ligt to Man Utd move as Juventus deal agreed


That’s the suggestion of Charlie Adam.

Per BBC Sport’s David Ornstein, the Red Devils were the only club to have actually tabled a concrete offer for De Ligt earlier this week.

That’s despite the Ajax captain having been linked with a host of major European clubs including Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.

The 19-year-old was long tipped to follow Ajax and Netherlands team-mate Frenkie de Jong to Barca but it is thought De Ligt’s super-agent Raiola has complicated a move to the Nou Camp with his commission demands, which the La Liga champions have refused to pay. 

PSG were recently thought to be confident of tempting De Ligt to Paris but Serie A giants Juve are now in the box-seat for the teenager amid suggestions from Sky Sports in Italy that an agreement has been reached between the two clubs in the region of £62m with Ajax.

They also claim that Raiola will receive a £10.7m fee as part of an imminent deal, which will see the player pen a long-term deal in Turin and become the club’s second highest-paid player behind only Cristiano Ronaldo.

And former Liverpool and Stoke City midfielder Adam, appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport, suspects De Ligt’s Italian-born Dutchman representative may have steered the in-demand defender away from joining United because of Pogba, another of his clients.

The French midfielder has made it known he wants to depart Old Trafford this summer but United are understood to be keen to keep him.

Discussing United’s interest in Harry Maguire, Adam said: “If you’re going to pay £75m for Maguire, I’d rather pay £75m for De Ligt. There’s no comparison between the two.”

Told then that United have approached De Ligt but that the player does not want the move, Adam continued: “That’s his decision. 

“It probably helps that Ronaldo is desperate for you to go, with a little word in the ear to say, ‘We want you to come to Juventus.’ 

“They’re a club that dominate Italian football. Is it a bigger challenge going to United than going to Barcelona or Juventus? Absolutely. 

“That’s the big thing [having Raiola as his agent]. At the moment there’s a stand-off with Raiola because Pogba wants to leave. 

“Does Raiola want to do United a favour and give them his best defender? Probably not, so let’s go to one of the other ones. 

“It’s a shame because he’s a young talent that everybody wants a piece of.” 

United are nearing their second signing of the summer in Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace in a deal that is expected to be £50m with £45m upfront and £5m in add-ons.

The England under-21 right-back follows Daniel James to United with the Wales winger having joined from Swansea City earlier this month for a deal rising to a potential £22m.

But Adam declared Solskjaer still needs to oversee a significant amount of business, despite having hoped to have all his signings completed before United start pre-season training on July 1.

He said: “If I look at United I think they need at least seven or eight players this summer. They need to spend big, they need a whole new back-four.”


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