The summer transfer window is on the horizon, and Spanish sports tabloid Diario AS have dropped the biggest bomb, based on the transfer saga. According to the Madrid based outlet, Paul Pogba reportedly wants to exit Manchester United after representing the Red Devils for 3 seasons. But what’s the rumoured next destination for the 26-year-old midfielder? REAL MADRID.
Paul Pogba: “Real Madrid is a dream for everyone. They’re on the greatest in the world. It’s every kid’s and footballer’s dream to train under Zidane. Today I’m in Manchester and I’m happy. We have a new coach, a new system & we don’t know what the future will bring.” [marca] pic.twitter.com/bBqWxpPHzA
— SB (@Realmadridplace) March 20, 2019
The youngster was re-signed by Manchester United from Juventus, as the Old Trafford board members were ready to break the bank, ensuring a world record signing back in 2016. A young Pogba came back to Old Trafford, for a price of £89.3 million from Turin (a world record signing back in 2016). Back in Italy, the young French international featured in 124 matches for the Bianconeri, featuring in the score-sheet 28 times.
Last season, Pogba was heavily associated with a transfer to Camp Nou, Barcelona (thanks to a fraught relationship with José Mourinho). With Mourinho’s exit came the record-breaking, current interim-manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær who changed the dressing room scenario for Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman is witnessing the best goalscoring season of his career, netting 11 times (breaking his Juventus best of 10 goals in 2014-15 and 2015-16 season respectively). He also expressed his desire, for the continuation of Norwegian’s tenure at Old Trafford, who has completely changed the dressing room and total scenario of the club (which especially seemed like a sinking ship under the Portuguese manager).
L'Equipe have reported that Zidane will be given a €500m transfer budget at Real Madrid, this summer.
His three main targets are Kylian Mbappé, Paul Pogba & Eden Hazard.
Be lucky to get two of them for that! 😳😳😳 pic.twitter.com/nzgvoAMbi4
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) March 28, 2019
In an interview during the International break with France, the midfielder showcased positive signs, going hand in hand with the transfer rumour. He added:
“I’ve always said that Real Madrid is a dream club for everyone. It’s one of the biggest clubs. Zidane is the head-coach. It’s a dream for any child or football player.”
But the youngster was pretty diplomatic, answering the critics regarding his time at Old Trafford, by adding:
“I am happy in Manchester though. I play. We have a new coach. At the moment, I’m in Manchester. We don’t know what the future holds for me, but today I’m in Manchester and I’m happy.”
Looking at the current scenario, Real is one of the few clubs in the world with the financial clout to even countenance signing the midfielder, meanwhile, Juve showcased their ability to splash the cash when necessary when they signed Cristiano Ronaldo for nearly £100 million last summer.
Any club needs to make a huge bid (over £89m) to lure Pogba away from United as the Manchester outfit will look forward to this budget to finance their top transfer targets (like Philippe Coutinho). For the moment, the French midfielder has got a contract with the Old Trafford outfit, which runs till 2021, so United, for the moment has got the grip to demand a big fee if the midfielder does indeed want an exit.
Although the transfer can take major turns and upsets due to certain benefactors and barriers. A major turning point of this possible transfer is Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, a specialist in hard bargaining.
During the time of Pogba’s transfer to United (back in 2016), it was Raiola, who changed the transfer game for Real Madrid. United accepted Raiola’s terms, which was once rejected by Florentino Perez, the president of C.F. Real Madrid.
On the contrary, Raiola shares a strong relationship with Juventus. As a result, even if Pogba prioritises the Spanish capital club, which recently welcomed back manager Zinedine Zidane, Juventus has got the upper hand due to its history with Raiola.
Pogba has had 3 months of good form and he's already started flirting with Madrid. 15 months ago he refused to refute Guardiolas claim he was offered to City. What would be nice is that he actually respected the club & fans who he currently plays for.
— Pilib De Brún (Phil Brown) (@Malachians) March 20, 2019
Any club, which prioritises the signing of Paul Pogba needs to convince his agent, who is going to demand the best for his player. Football Leaks reportedly believe that Raiola pocketed a commission fee of €48m when Pogba left Turin for Manchester.
Looking at the overall scenario, Pogba’s departure from Manchester seems evident. The midfielder came with optimism to win silverware as a Red Devil. His trophy cabinet only includes:
- EFL Cup: 2016-17
- UEFA Europa League: 2016-17
Despite being a youngster, Pogba has tasted victory in the biggest occasions and has matured tremendously as a midfielder. He has got an iconic box-to-box style, which has been game-changing in many occasions.
With the presence of the World Cup in his trophy cabinet and his rich history, Pogba has got a high price value (more because of being a starter for both club and country) in today’s transfer market.
Looking at the current scenario with United, Raiola will ensure a peaceful exit from Old Trafford for his player, as reportedly he has started looking for clubs, which can be beneficial for Pogba. It will be a matter of time, as many clubs are ready to welcome Pogba in their first team roster.
Pogba is on Zidane’s wishlist and if he’s signed he’ll be in the top 3 players with the best salaries. He’s currently on €10M annually at United. Real Madrid are willing to offer him €10-12M. Only ahead is Bale with €14M and who could leave this summer. [as] pic.twitter.com/PCO8VbJ050
— SB (@Realmadridplace) March 23, 2019
When it comes to United, it’s high time for them to ensure either the signing of a new contract or mutually come to a settlement deal with a club and agent Raiola, which can be a financial benefit for the Red Devils.