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By this point, another transfer rumour linking Real Madrid with Manchester United’s superstar, Paul Pogba, is no longer a big surprise.
Indeed throughout the summer we kept hearing how Zinedine Zidane only had one man on his mind and that’s the aforementioned 27-year-old French midfielder.
“Zidane only wants Pogba”, Marca proclaimed, and back then, Real Madrid reportedly could’ve sealed the deals for either Donny van de Beek or Christian Eriksen but ended up with neither since they were hell-bent on chasing Pogba instead.
And now, El Desmarque have come out with a new update, claiming Los Blancos will go back for the midfielder and are ready to put Isco + additional €80m (£68.5m) to land the midfielder this time.
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At this point in time, this transfer seems like one of those bound to happen sooner or later and usually, if Real Madrid want someone, they get him, no matter what it takes.
And signing Pogba doesn’t necessarily seem like a good idea, especially since they have players like Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde, both of whom have enough quality to keep the Galacticos dominating the middle of the park for years to come.
But let’s entertain the thought of the Frenchman actually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu, which looks rather likely, especially since El Desmarque also state the player’s status and form at Manchester United have recently dipped and that could play right into Real Madrid’s hands.
If and when this transfer does end up going through, it would also mean Florentino Perez and co. would rather invest huge sums of money into it than counting on their youth and existing players.
Needless to say, with such a big portion of their budget, time, effort and trust going into a single target that they don’t necessarily need, it would leave them with absolutely no margin for error.
Pogba’s transfer needs to work because it very much feels like Zidane and Perez are on a wild-goose chase when even the fans are calling for it to stop.
The consequences of that decision backfiring would be huge; Zidane and Perez would end up red-faced, the ability to evaluate top talent would come under scrutiny and the club would end up with a high-earner on their wage bill who doesn’t provide value for money. After all, Eriksen or van de Beek could have been signed instead – and probably for a lot cheaper.
But at the same time, we also shouldn’t disregard the other side of the coin. Pogba reinvigorating his career at the Spanish capital would be immense for both parties.
Unfortunately, Real won’t know which side that coin lands on until Pogba is their player.