3. Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba is one player who has been continually linked to Real Madrid in every transfer window. The rumours linking Pogba and Los Blancos were never-ending, and sometimes the club had to deny any sort of interest in Pogba. But there was one season during which a transfer looked possible.
Back in 2016, Pogba made up his mind to leave Juventus, and Real Madrid expressed their interest in signing the Frenchman. But the Bianconeri had reportedly asked for 120 million euros plus Toni Kroos for Pogba, and the club ended their interest in signing Pogba. According to reports, bad terms between Florentino Perez and Pogba’s agent late Mino Raiola was another reason why the club didn’t sign Pogba.
The midfielder went on to join Manchester United in a world-record deal, and then he said that he rejected Real Madrid for United. Even Mino Raiola gave some explanation for snubbing Real, but things didn’t go the way they expected, as Pogba’s time at United has been far from a good one. Pogba has never been able to win over the fans of United, and his attitude and fitness issues have only made his second spell at United a worse one.
All these years, I’ve seen people saying that Pogba is a player Real Madrid needs to sign, on the basis of his performances for France. But when a player is being judged only on the basis of his performances with the National team and his performances at his club are ignored, then there is something wrong with the player. Pogba might be a talented player, but he has his own weaknesses which aren’t entertained at Real Madrid, including his seriousness with the ball at his feet, which is one of his major flaws The club has indeed dodged a bullet by not signing Pogba.
If there’s something about the approach for Pogba that baffles me to date, it is the way Juventus were asking for Kroos and 120 million euros in exchange for Pogba. Only they can know if they over evaluating their player or criminally underrating Kroos. Did they really think that they could scam Real Madrid by proposing such an amusing deal?