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Agent Raiola hints at non-Serie A futures for Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer

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You're a star, Paul, and you know it!
You're a star, Paul, and you know it!
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Like a good agent, Mino Raiola is there to say lots of things but then not really say anything at all, all at the same time.  He's one of the best at playing this game, as we've certainly learned over the past couple years trying to divine Paul Pogba's future.

Going on 23 — time to retire soon! — Pogba's not had the best of seasons but we all know what he's capable of (or not capable of, depending on how much you rate him) and presumably he still has room to improve, even.  Barcelona have looked the most likely to sign Pogba at some point, but until that happens, I'm holding out hope that Chelsea loosen the purse strings and snap him up.  If he's available.  Is he available?  Mino?

"He won't move in January. He expressed his desire to finish the year at Juve, and the big players rarely move in January. June, however, is very far away. In terms of the transfer market, it's a different time, almost a different century."

-Mino Raiola; source: Radio Sportiva via London 24

Welcome, Pogba.

The Italian radio station got a nice 2-for-1 deal with Raiola as he also commented on the recent rumors surrounding his other star client.

"As for Ibra, there are clear arrangements with PSG [Paris Saint-Germain], so we'll see how the situation goes. I think I can all-but rule out his return to Italy as a player."

"Could he renew? There are many options, we have agreements which we want to respect and then we'll see."

-Mino Raiola; source: Radio Sportiva via London 24

Previous rumors claimed that AC Milan were leading the supposed race for The Zlatan, but Raiola "all-but ruled out" that option.  So unless the self-confessed Mourinho zealot renews with PSG (are these the clear arrangements?), he's good as gone (what agreements are they planning on respecting?).  Drop better hints, Mino!  In any case...

Welcome, The Zlatan.

With these two in tow, we'll surely cast off our mid-table shackles and challenge for the top half of the table next season!