Paul Pogba (28 years old) is back on the Real Madrid radar with force. The Frenchman is in his last year of his contract with Manchester United, he has not renewed, and it is presented as a fantastic market opportunity to arrive free when the current season ends. At the white club they are aware of this and have been probing for several weeks the intentions of the player, whom his current club wants to renew and who also has many suitors among the greats of Europe. The good performance of the player in the Nations League has strongly reactivated the white interest.
He is a player who has liked at the Bernabéu for many years, although in the conversations that Madrid have had with people close to the player, there is a clear premise: he has to want to wear white. In the current economic situation, the white club is not going to enter a bid with teams that have no problem offering quantities outside the market.
Currently, he earns around 15 million net at United. An amount that, together with the transfer bonus, can fit in the salary scale of Real Madrid (it would be to put him at the level of the best, but without breaking the locker room). It is a case similar to that of Alaba, who rejected last year offers from Bayern and the Premier to sign for Madrid. The operation fits perfectly into the plan designed for several years in the offices of the Bernabéu, where they simmer the signing of the stars (Hazard, Alaba, Mbappé …), aware that they should be hired before they are free or that they enter their last year of contract seems almost impossible without mortgaging the economic viability of the club.
This is the third time that Madrid is going for Pogba and it will be the final one, in one sense or another. In the summer of 2016, when he was at Juventus, Zidane wanted to make him the icing on the cake of his first project from scratch, although the player ended up back at United (for 105 million plus 40 commission for Raiola). In 2019, Zizou insisted on his signing, but the negotiations were affected by that bad relationship that remained between Madrid and Raiola in 2016.
Now, however, that situation has improved and Raiola and the white club are condemned to understand each other, because two of their clients (Pogba and Haaland) are Real Madrid targets for next summer. Therefore, in Madrid they trust that Pogba is a more mature player than he was then, that he has moved a lot of money in transfers and that now he only thinks about fulfilling his desire to play at the Bernabéu instead of opening an auction among the most powerful teams.
In the arrival of Pogba, there are two names that play an important role: Benzema and Mbappé. For the three of them it would be very attractive to come together in white and, if the current Manchester United player sees that the arrival of his compatriot from PSG is imminent, that could tip the balance on the Madrid side. Together they won the 2018 World Cup, they have a fantastic personal relationship and Madrid’s project, with the new Bernabéu nearing completion and in the World Cup year, would be very attractive. In addition, Benzema has taken on more and more weight in the white wardrobe and would cause his adaptation to be immediate.