"All football players would love to play for Real Madrid. It is a dream for me, why not one day?” Paul Pogba asked earlier this year.
And since the Manchester United midfielder’s admission, Mino Raiola has cast further doubt on his Old Trafford future, by suggesting he will look to leave the club next year.
Raiola came out earlier this week and said his client’s time with Red Devils was “over” and that it was best for all parties that he was sold in January, or in next summer’s transfer window.
But as the super-agent also admitted: “With the Covid impact, many clubs can’t sign him.”
The fact that United will want to recoup a good chunk of the £89million they paid for Pogba in 2016, as well as his hefty salary, means that only a very select few teams will be able to sanction a deal.
Real Madrid are undoubtedly one of the clubs that could be in the market for the World Cup winner, particularly with Zinedine Zidane in the Bernabeu dugout.
According to Marca, Zidane has been asking Real president Florentino Perez to sign Pogba for over a year, with the hope that in 2019 a deal would be done before he returned from a holiday.
United played hardball at the time, refusing to negotiate with Los Blancos, while the player’s wages also proved a stumbling block.
The report adds that Zidane is the only man at the La Liga giants that still wants to complete a deal for Pogba, but his latest admission suggests he may not be in the capital for the long haul.
Speaking after his side qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League, the Real boss admitted that he had no intention of following Sir Alex Ferguson’s United blueprint, hinting he could leave in the near-future.
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"I am never going to be Madrid's [Sir Alex] Ferguson, that's for sure," he told reporters, in reference to the legendary boss who spent more than 20 years at Old Trafford.
"I don't know how long I am going to stay here, I don't think about it.”
There appears to be many obstacles in the way of Pogba completing his “dream” move, but Zidane departing could be the final nail in the coffin.
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