He Would Be Club’s Top Earner
Paul Pogba’s wage demands could scupper his hopes of a transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
The France international is being linked with a move to the La Liga side as he further alienates himself from Manchester United fans and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But the size of his pay packet could affect his chances of a move. Sources have always suggested that Pogba earns around £300,000 a week. The Madrid-based newspaper AS equates this to an annual wage of €17million a year. However, it claims this is net of taxes. In effect, Pogba earns well over £500,000 a week gross and that’s a problem for Real.
Gareth Bale is currently the top earner at the Bernabeu on a wage of €15million a year nett. Sergio Ramos is on around €11.8million a year.
AS suggests that another sticking point would be that selling Pogba would have a negative effect on Manchester United fans. But yesterday’s 4-0 defeat to Everton appears to have become some sort of ‘tipping point’. There is now open hostility from the club’s supporters to some of the side’s star names with Pogba in particular in the firing line. That aspect of any sale could now be removed.
What would be of more concern to Real Madrid is the size of the transfer fee. United will demand at least £100million for the France international. That may not be outside Real’s budget particularly as they look set to sell some star names of their own following a disappointing season by their standards.
However, the third factor in any sale is Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola. He is the reason Pogba returned to Manchester United in 2016 – the Frenchman preferred a move to Real Madrid on that occasion and he had already bought a property in the Spanish capital.
Raiola’s cut on the move from Juventus was a £40million commission spread over the initial five years of Pogba’s contract and that’s what swung the deal. But Raiola has history with Real and the La Liga side will be wary of being sucked into the kind of deal with the agent that United were lumbered with.
Even so, Pogba remains near the top of Zinedine Zidane’s wish-list.