Real Madrid are a club who constantly generate headlines and fill newspaper inches with the seemingly never-ending transfer speculation surrounding the club. That is now more intense than ever with widespread reports that the club will be undergoing an overhaul of their playing squad this summer following on from a trophyless season.
Deals have already been tied up for FC Porto defender Eder Militao and Santos forward Rodrygo Goes, while there have been widespread reports that there is ‘near total agreement’ for Chelsea forward Eden Hazard. But the ongoing links, mainly emanating from the Spanish and French press, that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is also on his way to Madrid appear somewhat fanciful.
The France international has been heavily linked with a move to the outgoing European champions this summer with Marca and Diario AS both running stories this week that the player is open to a move. Pogba is said to have a strong desire to win the Ballon d’Or and this would be out of his reach whilst still playing at Old Trafford.
There are numerous obstacles to such a deal. The first, and most obvious, is that United are under no obligation to sell their star player whom they signed for a (then world record) €95m deal in the summer of 2016. Pogba is their outstanding player not just on the pitch but in a commercial sense, and this is crucial to United’s strategy. The idea of selling him would be particularly unwanted on those separate fronts.
Secondly, does Pogba really want to leave United? This is a club whom he has already left once before and wanted to return to following on from a trophy-laiden stint at Juventus. Sure, he was unhappy due to a personality clash with previous boss Jose Mourinho but now the popular Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the role and is attempting to build his team around the inspirational Frenchman.
“There might be a campaign, there might be press, you never know what there is, but in my talks with Paul he’s always been positive,” Solskjaer told reporters on Friday, in quotes cited by ESPN. “I don’t see a difference in him when I chat to him. He’s focused on performing and he’s a proud player. He always gives his best.”
Madrid simply do not have the finances to pursue a player who is not for sale and is unlikely to push for an exit from the Red Devils.
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