Manchester United and Real Madrid’s pursuit of Paul Pogba appears as though it’s going to be the transfer story of the summer.
The Frenchman is being pursued by the two giants, but it appears as though United have made the first move with Sky Sports reporting that chief executive Ed Woodward has begun negotiation over a staggering £100 million deal.
The 23-year-old may be considered one of the best young midfielders in world football and command a hefty fee but, cast your minds back four years and Pogba was up for grabs. Back then, Pogba was at Old Trafford but, with his contract expiring, clubs only needed to shell out a minimal fee in compensation to secure his services.
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Right now, everyone is questioning United’s decision to allow a player to leave for next to nothing and then spend a world record fee on him just four years later. But the Red Devils weren’t the only club left that are ruing the decision they made over Pogba in 2012.
That’s because, according to Sky Sports chief news reporter Kaveh Solhekol, Real Madrid turned down the chance to sign Pogba for just £100,000 when he left United. Ouch.
That means that the midfielder could be set to move for a value 1000 times more than he was available for just 48 months ago. Crazy stuff.
While the Old Trafford club are willing to break the bank for Pogba - offering him wages in the region of £300,000-per-week - the player’s wish is to join Madrid. That’s according to Sky Sports correspondent Guillem Balague.
Pogba wants United
"Pogba has made it very clear, to Real Madrid anyway, that he would like to be a Real Madrid player this summer," Balague said.
"He has had conversations with Zinedine Zidane and he wants to play for Zidane. However, that doesn’t stop his agent, Mino Raiola, from getting other kinds of agreements.
"It has been reported that Manchester United may have a personal agreement with Pogba and it wouldn’t be the first time more than one agreement had been reached.
"In any case, while we’re unsure as to Raiola’s priorities, Pogba’s is to go to Real Madrid. We will have to wait a while to see how this pans out but one thing is certain, both Real Madrid and Manchester United want the player.”
It’s still unclear where Pogba will end up but one thing is for sure, both United and Madrid will be massively regretting their decision in 2012 regarding Pogba.