But Frenchman Is Warned Over His Attitude
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is one of Real Madrid’s summer transfer targets according to reports today. However, the France international is being warned that his attitude won’t get him very far with the La Liga club.
The Daily Mirror believes Pogba is one of the players Real are hoping to sign in a €500million (£430million) spending spree as re-appointed coach Zinedine Zidane begins a rebuilding programme.
The figure comes from former Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello who told Sky Sports Italia that he was informed of the side’s budget during a trip to Spain.
“I was in Barcelona and I was told that this year Real Madrid have €500m to spend,” the former England coach said.
“I asked, ‘Are you sure?’ The answer was yes and that came from someone who knows a lot about Real Madrid.”
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane are also on the Real wishlist.
But the €500million figure will only be available if they sell players first. Gareth Bale, Isco and Marco Asensio are among the players being linked with moves away.
However, rumours of Real’s transfer budget is sheer speculation at present and such a sum would stretch even Manchester United’s capabilities.
Even so, such a budget is unlikely to persuade United to part with Pogba. The Red Devils are adamant that he won’t be leaving the club this summer.
Meanwhile, former Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes Pogba’s attitude and his inconsistent performances wouldn’t be accepted by Real Madrid.
The Frenchman had a poor start to the season and he performed better during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interim period as manager. But since the Norwegian landed the job on a permanent basis the Frenchman has slipped back into his old inconsistent ways.
Speaking to Eurosport, Parker said: “There’s definitely ability with Pogba but if you want to be seen as the best you have to show consistency.
“You can’t pick and choose when you want to play games of football because somewhere along the line it’ll come back and bite you.
“Now he didn’t perform under Jose Mourinho and everyone saw the problems with the former United boss as a person and as a man manager.
“When you’ve got someone who comes in and puts their arm around you and puts to bed the situation before, you can’t be letting them down and, more importantly, you can’t be letting your team-mates down.
“If you want to be seen or talked about or someone who’s maybe going to play for Real Madrid, they are not going to accept performances like that against Barcelona – and an attitude like that.”