Real Madrid Chief Perez Also Open To Move
Manchester United are increasingly coming round to the idea of the sale of Paul Pogba.
The France international could be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer following a disappointing season in which he has been criticised by the club’s supporters.
Pogba wants a move to Real Madrid – the club he would have preferred to join in 2016 when he moved instead to Old Trafford. Real coach Zinedine Zidane is keen to bring his compatriot to the Bernabeu after a poor season by the club’s standards. However, club president Florentino Perez is less enamoured by the prospect and United have always insisted that Pogba is going nowhere.
But there seems to be a change of opinion both at the Bernabeu and at Old Trafford. Perez is coming round to the idea of a move for Pogba. However, there looks like being some sort of compromise with Zidane having to accept that Costa Rica international goalkeeper Keylor Navas will be moved on.
There appears to have been a change of heart at Manchester United with the club preparing to sell Pogba. Part of the reason is a lesser commercial value, according to The Independent. But Pogba’s influence in what has turned out to be a toxic dressing room is another factor.
The transfer is made more complicated by the suspension of Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola until 9 August – the day after the Premier League transfer window closes. Of course, negotiations are likely to take place in the meantime but any deal will have to wait until after that date. It’s do-able, but United will have to have a replacement signed beforehand and hope there are no snags after the English deadline. La Liga clubs are able to sign players right up to the end of August.
United will demand around £130 million for Pogba. Real are on the verge of signing Eden Hazard from Chelsea for £89 million and will be looking for a lower price.