Paul Pogba has made it known that he will be willing to move to Real Madrid after a tough season at Manchester United. With Real Madrid and Juventus amongst his most favoured suitors, he made clear his intention to transfer when he said, “this could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else”. Real Madrid is known to make their target players declare their intention to leave.
The world cup winner rejoined Man United for £89m in the summer transfer window of 2016. But with 3 consecutive seasons with no major win, it’s as if the rejoin has been 3 seasons of nothing. With Man U kicking against the impending transfer, it’s clear that Pogba is a strong asset. This then brings the question of what he stands to gain with the transfer if it goes through.
First, for what’s worth, Pogba may get an increase in salary if he plays his game well. Sources from United have made it known that £150million may seal the deal. This price clears Juventus out of the run. But it’s not pretty clear that Real Madrid will be willing to spend such huge amount on a player whose recent season wasn’t really the best. This may put Pogba’s salary at £500,000 a week if he makes the transfer.
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Second, the French national, if he stays put will have access only to Europa League football the coming season. This is because of United 6th place finish in the last season. Whereas, Real can offer UEFA champions league football. This is major and may well be critical to Pogba’s career.
Lastly, it’s also important to note that Zidane has been on a spending spree. The coach have acquired Eden Hazard (£88.5m), Eder Militao (£44m), Rodrygo (£40m), Takefusa Kubo (£1.8m), Luka Jovic (£57.7m), and Ferland Mendy (£44m). It will only be expected that he spends on a star player just after Hazard.
It’s, however, not surprising that Paul Pogba was photographed at Manchester airport as Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s squad left for Australia on Sunday afternoon to start their summer tour. So, while we wait for a deal on Pogba, let’s hope that Manchester United has a strategy to keep their star player. But if they don’t, cheers to the 6th.