L’Équipe report that Spanish side Real Madrid will imminently make their 1st formal offer to Manchester United for Paul Pogba worth around €80m.
The outlet claims that Zinedine Zidane would like to finalise Pogba’s arrival at Los Blancos as quickly as possible, even telling people around him that he had initially hoped to have the player with the RMCF squad by Tuesday, when his team will travel to the United States for their International Champions Cup duties. But we can all agree that we are not at that stage.
The 1st matter relates to whether or not Paul Pogba will jump on a plane to Australia with Manchester United tomorrow. The player and his entourage have been very tempted in recent hours, to ignore this demand made of him by his employer.
At the same time, they are are aware that this could be a grave mistake and would spark a formidable standoff with Manchester United, a club at which the French international is under contract until June 2021. As of early Saturday evening, there does not appear to have been a definitive decision made by the former Juventus man’s camp either way.
Whatever decision Pogba makes on the matter of Australia, Mino Raiola did not give an interview with The Times on Friday for the hell of it. When he indicated that he was “working for” a departure, he wasn’t lying.
Real Madrid are in the process of preparing an opening bid for the player, worth €80m. Florentino Perez has had a big desire in recent weeks to attempt to include Welsh international Gareth Bale in the opening bid, but Bale is not interested in lowering his wages, which he surely would have to do should he move to the Red Devils. Another reason why an inclusion of Bale might be a bad idea is that it could complicate and elongate fee negotiations.
Perez has accepted to abide by the demands made by Zidane to sign Pogba, specifically because he is convinced of the player’s absolute certitude that he wants to join Madrid. Pogba is said to now be willing to take a lower salary in order to make the move happen. His choice appears to be made from an on-pitch perspective too: he only wants to join Real Madrid, not anyone else.
After receiving small contacts from Juventus, who were interested in La Pioche’s return, Pogba has decided that he prefers to link up with Zidane, who already tried to sign him in 2016.
When it comes to the transfer fee negotiations themselves, Manchester United tried to ignore Real Madrid’s initial approaches, but after both Pogba and Raiola’s declarations about seeking a move away, that is becoming more and more difficult every day.
Mino Raiola did not want to comment, when contacted today, only adding: “In the transfer window, I never reveal my strategies, it is simply not in the interest of my players.”
The next few days will be crucial.