This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to Spanish publication El Desmarque, Manchester United rejected an offer from Real Madrid, of Isco plus money, for Paul Pogba in the summer.
The France World Cup winner was the subject of great transfer speculation in the summer window, with reports suggesting he was garnering interest from the likes of Madrid and Juventus.
However, an exit from Old Trafford failed to materialise before the end of the deadline, and it was claimed that this was down to Madrid being unwilling to pay United’s asking price.
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Now, El Desmarque claim one proposal that Los Blancos put to the table in order to entice their English counterparts to sell, was an offer of Spain international, Isco, and some money, for Pogba. However, the publication reveals the Red Devils “did not want to know anything” about the Madrid play-maker, because they felt his career is on the decline.
This really may go down as a huge missed opportunity for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Looking at United’s current options in the number ten role – the likes of Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata – makes you wonder why the Red Devils appeared to turn their noses up at someone like Isco.
The 27-year-old has an impressive career average of 1.5 shots, 1.5 key passes and two dribbles per game. It’s the kind of forward-thinking, creative mind that Solskjaer could desperately do with. The Manchester side have scored just 13 times in their opening 11 Premier League games, and whilst Marcus Rashford has come under heavy criticism for his performances, surely the lack of imagination behind him plays a massive part too?
In Isco, they would have gotten someone who could pull the strings and bring the best out of the team’s pacy, attacking players. As his Madrid teammate Dani Carvajal revealed back in 2017, the Spaniard just has something “different” to his game.
“He’s a very different player. With the ball at his feet he’s pure fantasy. He brings us so many things with his game. We have 24 fantastic players, that’s why they are at Real Madrid.”
So as the beginning of this campaign has already started to show, United could well live to regret opting to turn down Madrid’s package deal earlier in the summer.