World football governing body FIFA has recently announced that it is investigating Manchester United’s world record signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus.
FIFA wrote to the Premier League side requesting “clarification”, including who was involved, and how much they made from the £89.3m transfer.
“We can confirm that FIFA TMS has been requesting information on this matter. We have no further comment at this stage,” said a FIFA spokesperson.
A United spokesman said: “We do not comment on individual contracts. Fifa has had the documents since the transfer was concluded in August.”
According to The Mirror however, the most United can be fined for any possible crimes is £11,750.
However FIFA no longer regulates agent/intermediary activity in terms of payments to agents. And while there is no suggestion that regulations have been violated at any point, an investigation into such activity would have to come via national associations – in this case the FA or FIGC (Italian FA).
When they confirmed the transfer, Juventus said the “economic effect” to their club was “about 72.6m euros”.
The deal drew more attention following the recent publishing of a book – The Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football.
The book claimed, among other things, that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, earned £41m from the deal.