Real Madrid almost clinched the signature of Paul Pogba while the Juventus midfielder was still a Manchester United player, reports in the Spanish press have claimed.
Pogba joined Juventus in the summer transfer window of 2012 after his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson broke down, and has established himself as one of the brightest young prospects in Europe during his time in Turin.
According to El Confidencial, however, Pogba might have become a Real Madrid player when he was aged only 16, after his agent Mino Raiola made him available to the Spanish giants.
Pogba was on the books at Old Trafford when this opportunity is claimed to have been presented, and an agreement between all parties was reported to have been close, but for the move to break down.
The reason attributed for Madrid's inability to finalise a deal is reported to have been the wage demands made by Pogba, with Raiola informing the Santiago Bernabeu club that his client wished to be paid €1.5 million-a-season.
Real Madrid deemed this excessive even by their standards, and Pogba remained at Manchester United for another three years, before completing his move to Juventus.
Pogba's departure from Manchester United, like his failure to join Madrid, was down to his salary expectations, and the 20-year-old was accused of disrespecting the club after his departure.