Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho made a “big approach” for Paul Pogba last year when he was at Chelsea, according to agent Mino Raiola.
The France international’s agent has revealed that Mourinho sanctioned a bid for the Juventus star last summer – and that Raiola gave his backing to the move.
The transfer to Stamford Bridge never materialised for Pogba, but reports continue to link Mourinho with the 23-year-old midfielder.
United are in pole position to sign their former player back with reports claiming it could take a new world record fee of over £100m to complete the deal.
Raiola has been trying to broker the transfer but has hit back at suggestions from Italy that he is he is looking after the interests of the Red Devils, who have already signed two of his other clients this summer, and not Pogba.
“I don’t have a special relationship with United,” said the agent.
“Last year there was a big approach from Chelsea but he decided to stay. For this year, we don’t know yet.”
Raiola has admitted that Pogba would already be playing in the Premier League if he had got his wish last summer.
“Last year, when the bid came in, I really wanted him to go to Chelsea,” Raiola added.
“It didn’t happen but this year we will see.”