FIFA probe Pogba’s Man United transfer

FIFA has confirmed they have requested further information on the world-record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United.

The French midfielder was transferred for more than £89.3m in August 2016 from the Serie A champions.

Extracts from a book, ‘The Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football’, published in Germany this week, claimed to give details on the huge deal, including a breakdown of the fee, and were widely reported by media outlets on Tuesday.

FIFA have confirmed they are now looking into the matter.

A statement from football’s governing body on Tuesday said: “We can confirm that FIFA/TMS has been requesting information on the transfer. We have no further comments at this stage.”

All international transfers must be authorised by FIFA, so Pogba’s transfer was approved by FIFA in August using its International Transfer Matching System (TMS).

Manchester United insist FIFA have had all relevant documents since the transfer was completed.

A statement by the club said: “We don’t comment on contracts. FIFA have had the documents since the transfer in August.”

French midfielder Pogba was transferred for more than £89.3 million in August 2016 from Italian club Juventus.

Confirmation of the investigation came after French media reports said FIFA had opened an inquiry.

Pogba, 24, started his career with the English club but made just three appearances in the Premier League before heading to Italy, after an apparent falling out with then manager Alex Ferguson.

He flourished in Serie A, winning four league titles with Juventus between 2012 and 2016.

Pogba also appeared in the 2015 Champions League final, which Juventus lost 3-1 to Barcelona.

At the same time, the powerful midfielder made himself a mainstay of the French national team.

He made his debut in March 2013, just a week after his 20th birthday, in a World Cup qualifier against Georgia.

He also featured as part of the 2014 French World Cup squad and was named the tournament’s best young player.

Pogba’s performances at the 2016 European Championship helped attract the attention of his former club Manchester United, under new manager Jose Mourinho.

After a protracted transfer saga, lasting several weeks, Pogba eventually signed for United last August and has so far appeared in almost 50 league and cup games this season.

This story originally appeared on FOX Australia.

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