Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Paul Pogba, as Real Madrid are ready to see off the Premier League trio with a massive £78million bid for him.
According to the Daily Star, the former Old Trafford youth star is one of the top targets for Europe’s richest teams for this summer and the Santiago Bernabeu club are in the driving seat because they are ready to spend big to land him.
Pogba is considered one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest mistakes during his time in charge of the Old Trafford club, as a contract dispute saw him leave to join Juventus for a nominal fee in 2012.
The 21-year-old quickly became an integral member of the team and is now considered one of the best going talents in the world, winning consecutive Serie A titles in the process.
Manchester City and Chelsea are also linked with a move in the report, but Financial Fair Play restrictions mean a significant number of sales would be required for them to be able to pull off a deal. Real Madrid are a financial juggernaut in terms of commercial income and have always found a way to pay for the world’s best players.
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Manuel Pellegrini has just given the green light to a £30million purchase of Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, so the Etihad Stadium club are unlikely to be able to match anything like the mooted £78million - Jose Mourinho has already questioned the Bony deal under FFP rules, so his thoughts on a Pogba move would be interesting.
Manchester United are one of the handful of clubs that can challenge the financial might of Madrid, but the France international’s previous experience at Old Trafford could put him off. However, Ferguson is long gone and Louis van Gaal is being given significant sums to sign players, which could well ease any past hurts.