United Confirm Agreement For Frenchman
By Football Talk.
Manchester United have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Le Harve over their controversial signing of Paul Pogba from the French outfit. The Ligue 2 side had accused United of illegally poaching the 17-year-old when they announced Pogba’s signing last August, although the Premier League side had always maintained their innocence.
Le Harve reported United to Fifa and asked them to investigate the case, who they claim had agreed to join them once he turned professional only for him to leave for United. Last October, United released a statement claiming that Fifa had rubber-stamped Pogba’s move and he was a registered player at Old Trafford, but the French side refuted the decision as a non-event.
However, yesterday Manchester United announced on their website that a deal had been agreed between themselves and Le Harve for the registration of Pogba as a United player.
Le Havre AC and Manchester United FC are pleased to announce that following discussions between the two clubs, an agreement has been reached in relation to the registration of Paul Pogba with Manchester United in July 2009.
The terms of the agreement will remain confidential.
Paul is an exciting young talent who Manchester United hope can prove to be a great success at Old Trafford. Le Havre would like to wish the player well in his future career.
Le Harve also confirmed the deal had been struck.
“Le Havre and Manchester United are satisfied to have reached an agreement regarding Paul Pogba’s integration to the Manchester United squad.”
The agreement will come as a welcome relief as the Pogba case was similar to that of Chelsea and their signing of Gael Kakuta from French Ligue 1 club Lens in 2007. Chelsea were initially banned by Fifa from signing players until January 2011, although the ban was later lifted after the two clubs reached an agreement.