The Independent: 4 obstacles on Paul Pogba's way to Real Madrid
- Los Blancos are allegedly desperate to land the Frenchman.
- The midfielder is believed to be keen on moving to Spain as well.
- United's transfer fee request, Paul's salary demands, Mino Raiola's ban & Zidane's lack of funds might not let the transfer happen.
According to The Independent's Miguel Delaney, a decently reliable source, Real Madrid have inquired about Paul Pogba. Los Blancos and Manchester United are believed to be discussing the Frenchman's future at the moment.
As much as the Reds would like to keep one of their best players at the team, it might make little sense to force his stay at Old Trafford.
However, although the reporter indicates the 26-year-old wants to move to Santiago Bernabeu in summer, there is a number of issues the sides need to solve so that the transfer could go through.
First, the Red Devils would hardly let Pogba leave for anything less than £150m. Paul's wages demands of around £500,000 per week also don't make it easier for the Spanish capital representatives.
@Mike_Phelan_1 Buy @AntoGriezmann , pay a clause! You'd get a lot with that, he's a world class, and @paulpogba would be happy because that's his great friend, so he would have had a better season too!— MIFA (@Mifa990) May 15, 2019
Furthermore, it's not yet clear whether any potential deal would be denied by the fact that the Frenchman's agent Mino Raiola has been suspended by FIFA until August 9 - the day after the Premier League transfer window closes. Although players are able to leave England after the set date, the representative's ban might affect the saga as well.
Finally, as United are not interested in taking Toni Kroos, Raphael Varane or Gareth Bale in return, it's yet to be seen how Real Madrid would be able to finance the move as well as to meet Pogba's salary request.
Zinedine Zidane, however, seems ready to do whatever it takes to bring the midfielder to Bernabeu. At this point, the specialist has already agreed to part ways with Keylor Navas to raise funds for the 26-year-old's arrival.