Paul Pogba: Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona on red alert as agent reveals he will leave Juventus within 18 months

The 21-year-old midfielder is hugely in demand

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Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, has said that the much-coveted midfielder will leave Juventus within 18 months.

"If it does not happen this year, it will be next year," Raiola said of a transfer for the 21-year-old, who is a reported target for Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG, Barcelona and Manchester City.

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"I want the club that buys him to believe in him and be willing to pay for him," Raiola told Gazzetta dello Sport. "If Paul leaves Juventus, it is for the absolute top.

"If it does not happen this year, it will be next year.

"Paul is at the same level economically as the other big stars and has a similar reputation, so he could stay for another year.

"But Paul is the only major star who is available at the end of the season.

"If you cannot take Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, you can only go for Paul."

The France international Pogba has attracted the attention of top European clubs after impressing for Juve since joining the Turin club on a free transfer from Manchester United in summer 2012.

 

Raiola, however, has warned Pogba's suitors they will have to pay a potential world-record fee to prize him away, however.

"If someone wants him, the market situation could see him go for more than 100million euros," Raiola said.

Raiola revealed his client had several offers after leaving United almost three years ago.

"AC Milan wanted to sign him, together with Genoa, and then send him there on loan," he said. "Inter said they did not want to create a row with [former Manchester United boss] Sir Alex Ferguson.

"With Juve, the deal was quite simple.

"They signed him, gave him the wages of a first-team player and did not send him out on loan.

"[Former Juventus coach] Antonio Conte deserves the credit for Paul's development.

"He [Pogba] needs someone who tells him to do his thing and give him some space."

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