Real Madrid are ready to set up “Operation Paul Pogba”, according to Juan Ignacio Garcia-Ochoa of Marca. If the reports are to be believed then
Real Madrid are reportedly set to step up their interest in Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, as they close in on a deal for Chelsea forward Eden Hazard.
What’s the Story?
Reportedly, the La Liga side are now “on the cusp” of securing the signing of Hazard from the Blues. Once that transfer is over the line, it’s said Los Blancos will begin “Operation Pogba.”
With United finishing outside the top four after Sunday’s dismal 1-1 draw at bottom club Huddersfield, it would be interesting to see if the World Cup winner would be willing to stick with the Red Devils or not.
In the report, it’s noted the France international has had a new contract offer from the Red Devils presented to his agent Mino Raiola, but has made it clear he would like to move to the Spanish capital.
Heart of the Matter
Zidane has spoken openly about his admiration for his compatriot. “I really like Pogba, I know him personally,” Zidane said last week. “He’s a different player, he brings a lot
Just 12 months ago he was desperate to push through a move to Barcelona which sparked a fall-out with former manager Jose Mourinho. If Solskjaer does lose Pogba then it will only make his rebuilding task even more difficult.
The Norwegian is already in the market for at least two new midfielders with Ander Herrera and Juan Mata braced to leave the club.
Pogba has had an intriguing season at United. Having shone for France at the FIFA World Cup, he struggled to get up to speed initially, although his campaign was ignited when Solskjaer came in to replace Jose Mourinho.
Madrid will surely push hard for the player if their interest is genuine, especially if Pogba wants the transfer himself. Plus, given the fact Zidane did agree to come back to the club for a second stint as boss, you sense big promises have been made to him with regards to incoming stars this summer.