THE controversy over United’s signing of the 16-year-old French midfield starlet Paul Pogba has taken a new twist.
It has been reported that the player’s parents were given €100,000 (£87,000) each, and a house, to bring him to Old Trafford.
Jean-Pierre Louvel, the president of Pogba’s former club, Le Havre, made the claims in an interview with a French football magazine.
Louvel also alleged the player was given guarantees over wages he would receive when he turns turned 17 next year.
Louvel said he was “deeply disappointed” by the Premier League club’s conduct.
United have again strongly denied any wrongdoing. “It is complete nonsense,” a spokesman said. “Everything has been done within Fifa guidelines."
Le Havre are expected to report Pogba’s case to Fifa, which last week handed Chelsea a transfer ban until 2011 and a fine over their poaching recruitment of Gaël Kakuta, another French teenager, from Lens.
Chelsea have denied illegally inducing the player and have said they will appeal.
Asked how Premier League teams lure teenagers from clubs in their home countries, Louvel said: “They tempt the parents. In the case of Paul Pogba it was fairly simple – €100,000 for the father, €100,000 for the mother and a house.
“Today I can’t see why the Paul Pogba case should not set a legal precedent.
"Fifa does not allow contracts longer than three years before a player has reached 18. We respect that in France; in England it seems that they don’t abide by that rule.”