FA boss defends Manchester United over Paul Pogba transfer

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The head of English football’s governing body has defended Manchester United over the club’s signing of Paul Pogba, but says a debate on the wider issue of transfers would be beneficial.

FA chief Greg Clarke said United were within their rights to pay substantial fees to agents, after claims that Pogba’s representative Mino Raiola earned over £40m from the player’s transfer to Old Trafford last summer.

Fifa has opened an investigation into the transfer, with the head of the global governing body, Gianni Infantino, demanding greater transparency around transfer deals.

In response, Clarke told BBC Sport: "If that's what they're [Manchester United] going to pay, that's what they're going to pay.

"They are accountable to their owners; they're accountable to their fans.”

However Clarke does believe a wider discussion should be held.

He said: "If football wants to change that and limit the amount of money that agents get we're going to have to sit down as a game, led by the professional game, the Premier League and the EFL and the clubs and talk about that.

"I just think picking on one transfer and demonising it is not that helpful. Knee-jerk reactions don't often yield good outcomes. What we want is some thought about how much money stays in the game so it can be invested in long-term productive things."

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