Real Madrid have been targeting center midfielder Paul Pogba for several months now, and while they have a breakout star in Fede Valverde at the position, that hasn’t stopped the links to the French star.
Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez have reportedly been on opposite sides of the coin with regards to Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba. Perez sees the player as an expensive and unnecessary addition to the squad now that Fede Valverde has emerged as a legitimate star player and regular starter for Los Blancos, while Zidane believes Pogba is worth the price as one of the most brilliant – mentally and technically – midfielders of this generation.
Pogba has made it clear he wants to leave United for Real Madrid, and who could blame him? Although United have shown up in big games this season, including a surprise derby win over Manchester City, neither the squad nor manager have inspired confidence. Meanwhile, Madrid convincingly outplayed PSG and Barcelona in draws and are arguably the world’s best team. Other top clubs simply do not want to face them in the Champions League.
The situation with Pogba is thus worth monitoring closely, because a significant reduction in price tag, which could be caused by the player pushing to leave and giving the club no choice in the matter, would make a deal with Real Madrid plausible.
And according to a report from The Mirror’s David McDonnell, Manchester United players and even club officials believe Pogba will never play a game for the Red Devils again.
That’s a damning statement, and while Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, via the Manchester Evening News’s Samuel Luckhurst, promised that Pogba won’t be sold in January, nobody can really take his word at face value. If, per Solksjaer, there is no guarantee Pogba plays at all this season, then there should be no guarantee that the club keeps him over the winter period.
Real Madrid are highly unlikely to make any splash signing in the winter, and they have plenty of talent in the center midfield. If they were to purchase someone, only defensive midfield backup for Casemiro would make sense.
Pogba may be a luxury piece for Perez and Zidane’s “Revolution” at the Santiago Bernabeu, but, my goodness, what a world-class luxury piece he would be. His departure from United is a foregone conclusion at this point, so it’s simply a matter of “when” and “where”.