Manchester United’s star midfielder Paul Pogba has publicly confirmed that he wishes to leave Old Trafford amidst interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The 2018 World Cup winner had a supreme 18/19 season scoring 13 goals and providing 9 assists in the Premier League from midfield, and was also named in the Team of the Year. However, the Frenchman greatly struggled with form towards the end of the season in what was a miserable season for Manchester United in totality.
Whilst in Tokyo, Paul Pogba spoke to a few reporters and expressed his desire to undertake a “new challenge”. “Like you said, there is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking as well,” the 26-year old said. “For me I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else.”
“After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well, I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else”, he claimed.
Paul Pogba’s revelation is not a big surprise given Manchester United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League next season. The club has been linked with many world-class players this summer but the Reds’ transition under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not the most attractive prospect.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, are not shying away from buying players this summer with the club already landing Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy within the last 10 days. Adding their earlier signings of Eder Militao and Rodrygo to the fray, Zinedine Zidane has spent more than €350m in the transfer window with potentially more to follow.
Zidane will be attentive of Paul Pogba’s situation and would be keen to bring the former Juventus man to the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid will have to lure Pogba with a staggering bid of £150m, almost £50m more than what Manchester United paid Juventus when they re-signed him back in 2016.
Paul Pogba’s super-agent Mino Raiola is also free to do business after his ban by FIFA was overturned following a successful appeal. Juventus are also interested in the France international, but could not have the funds to buy the midfielder.