Reports in recent days had claimed Real Madrid were back in the hunt for Paul Pogba and that the Frenchman preferred a move to the Spanish capital.
Today however, the narrative of this incredible saga shifted seismically. Sky Sports have broken a huge update as Real Madrid have dropped out of the race:
“Manchester United’s path to sign Paul Pogba is now clear after Real Madrid ended their interest in the midfielder for financial reasons, Sky Sports News HQ has been told.
“According to sources close to the deal, United’s superior financial strength has given them a huge advantage in negotiations with Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, and forced Real to admit defeat in their pursuit of the player.”
Ed Woodard’s 2015 prophecy that United could pull off deals that “other clubs could only dream of”, has turned out to be pretty accurate. Los Blancos are arguably the biggest club in the world but even they cannot keep up with the Red Devils’ spending power.
Sky also added the following:
“At this point in negotiations, the basic transfer fee for Pogba is understood to start at around £85m (€100m).
“However, when taking into account add-ons and bonuses related to the success of the player and the club – as well as Raiola’s fee – the total amount United pay for Pogba’s transfer could reach over £105m (€123m).”
This comes a massive boost to United hopes of completing the deal, but, will have to pay an astronomical price.
Since leaving Manchester back in 2012, Pogba’s star has risen rapidly. His performances for Juve have gone a long way to ensuring the Serie A title stay in Turin for the last four seasons.