But United Want A Written Request
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is ready to take a pay cut in order to force through a move away from Old Trafford.
Pogba, 26, is being linked with a summer transfer to Real Madrid following United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League. However, he is unlikely to match the £290,000-a-week wages he earns at United.
According to the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are unwilling to match Pogba’s earnings and the France international is now ready to lower his salary demand if it means securing a move to La Liga.
Real Madrid were Pogba’s first choice when he left Juventus in 2016. However, the La Liga side were unable to match United’s financial fire-power and he moved instead back to Old Trafford in a deal worth £89million.
Real are likely to part with the likes of Gareth Bale and Isco this summer. However, they want to sign Pogba, Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard and Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic.
While getting rid of Bale’s £600,000-a-week wages will give Madrid some room to manoeuvre it is likely they will send him out on loan while still making a contribution of at least 50 percent of his wages.
Meanwhile, The Sun On Sunday claims Manchester United don’t want to sell Pogba and that he will have to hand in a written transfer request for any deal to go through.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward wants Pogba to stay and for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to build a team around the France international. If Pogba wants to leave he will have to put in a written demand. That would cost the Frenchman millions in forfeited bonuses.
The saga may drag on all summer. Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is banned from all football-related activities until 9 August meaning the transfer won’t be able to go through until then. United will need to have a replacement in place by then as Raiola’s ban ends the day after the Premier League transfer deadline.