It was recently revealed by Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol that Real Madrid turned down the opportunity to sign Paul Pogba for £100,000 in 2012.
If that wasn’t distressing enough news for Madrid supporters, the reason why Florentino Perez vetoed the move is just ridiculous.
According to AS, it was a matter of finances that put the Los Blancos president off.
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Madrid were named by Forbes as the richest football club in the world in May, with a valuation of $3.65 billion and revenue of nearly $700 million.
It means they have a reputation to hold as a big spender, and so Perez scoffed at the thought of spending £100,000 on a player.
Yes, you read that correctly. The report from AS claims Perez would have been more interested in signing the French star if he was worth £100 million.
Four years later and Pogba is worth £100m. Ironically, the Madrid president is said to be against signing the Juventus midfielder now.
Pogba might stay in Turin
Though The Sun claim Los Blancos remain very much interested in signing the 23-year-old, there are widespread rumours that Manchester United lead the race to sign him.
That said, the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, didn’t rule out the possibility of Pogba staying at Turin.
“There is a lot of talk about Paul's future, but maybe he will not leave Juventus," Raiola told The Times, per Sky Sports.
"He is in no rush to leave, and Juventus do not want him to go. They want him to renew his contract.
"Paul is not desperate to move. We are very happy at Juventus and they are a club that want to keep their star players."
Pogba became available in 2012 when United let his contract expire at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson has since expressed his regret at failing to keep the midfielder at the club, blaming Raiola’s interference in contract negotiations.
But Ferguson ran the risk of upsetting Pogba, and thus increasing the chances he would leave, by failing to integrate him into the first-team.
Fergie left Pogba disgusted
The France international realised his time in Manchester was up when Ferguson picked a right-back ahead of him in midfield in 2011, despite United’s lack of centre midfielders.
"It was a very, very difficult moment for me because I was in love with Manchester and I was a Manchurian," Pogba told Canal+, per ESPN.
"It was the match against Blackburn in December 2011 at Old Trafford.
"Paul Scholes had retired, Darren Fletcher was injured. There was no one left to play in midfield. And I was training and I was beginning to get better bit by bit and the coach never stopped telling me, 'You're this far'.
"And I didn't understand. This far away from what? Playing? From having some playing time? From getting on the field? Or what?
"And there was Rafael in midfield and I was disgusted. I was disgusted and I didn't get on either."
Pogba sat on the bench for the entire 90 minutes as United suffered a 3-2 loss. He knew then that he had to get out of the club.