Cast your mind back to 2016 and the European Championships in France, the please don’t take me home chants and an epic cup run for Wales. It was however also very early days in the world of the Football Index and there was only a single media dividend of £0.05 on offer for the winner each day. That summer though for Indexers will live long in the memory as the transfer saga of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United dominated the headlines day after day, meaning he was collecting dividends nearly every day! Incredibly news was breaking last night courtesy of the reliable journalist Gianluca Di Marzio that Italian giants and manager less Juventus have made the first move in trying to resign former midfielder and current Index darling, Paul Pogba (£7.25)! What could all of this mean on the Index?
Back in 2016, traders only had the opportunity to collect a solitary £0.05 daily dividend if their player topped the Media Rankings, yet this summer, the dividends on offer have increased substantially thanks to the ongoing, Media Madness campaign which will be paying out five media place dividends all summer! This means that if traders can identify this summer’s dragged out transfer stories they look extremely well placed to be scooping up dividends every single day! Meaning that the 2019 Paul Pogba transfer saga could be extremely more lucrative than the 2016 transfer saga. As a reminder the dividends on offer are;
1st Place – £0.03
2nd Place – £0.02
3rd Place – 5th Place – £0.01
The late breaking news last night meaning that Pogba collected a fourth place and £0.01 dividend. How many more will he collect this summer during Media Madness? Some traders saw last night as an opportunity to sell some shares in Pogba as the question about whether or not his share price would be the same at Juventus as it is at media darlings Manchester United saw his price drop by £0.15 yesterday. The next few days will be interesting to see how many media outlets run with the story and whether or not there is any indication that the Red Devils would be looking to sell in what would surely be a £100 Million plus transfer. One thing for sure is that the speculation will lead to dividends.
The other intriguing dynamic at play here is centred around Pogba’s well know agent Mino Raiola. The Italian is currently serving a ban from agent duties over the current transfer window but that clearly isn’t going to stop him working for his clients. Crucially one of his other top clients is young Ajax centre back Matthijs De Ligt (£3.11). The Dutchman is trading up £0.23 in the last seven days as links with United grow ever stronger, in fact these links saw him take home first place in yesterday’s media dividends (£0.03). Could Raiola be using De Ligt as a carrot to release Pogba back to Juventus? The agent looks set to be behind two large transfer sagas in 2019!