Real Madrid are convinced Paul Pogba will snub a return to Juventus for a move to Bernabeu and they’re set to dump James Rodriguez to fund his £150million transfer
Real Madrid are convinced Paul Pogba only has eyes for them this summer despite his former club
Juventus being linked to the France international.
Pogba wants to play for compatriot Zinedine Zidane and sample a new league, not return to Serie A where he spent four years from 2012 to 2016.
That’s the view of the Madrid board who want to test
Manchester United ’s resolve with a concrete bid before the end of this month.
Their capacity to make that bid depends on them making further sales and with them still making no progress in their efforts to sell Gareth Bale, moving James Rodriguez to Napoli for €40m looks like being their best chance of doing that.
Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to work with Rodriguez again after their successful time at Real Madrid. It has even been suggested that the Italian club would take the famous No 10 shirt out of retirement if Rodriguez signs.
Disagreements over payment methods currently separate the two clubs with Real Madrid wanting one payment up front for the Colombian so they can commit to paying a sizeable first instalment in any Pogba deal this summer.
Pogba has already admitted he wants a new challenge this summer and his agent Mino Raiola said last week: ‘Everyone within the club from the manager to the owner knows Paul’s wishes.
Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We are in the process of that.’
Madrid believe, despite briefing to the contrary, that United are already making plans to cover Pogba’s departure if Real Madrid come close to reaching their £150m valuation of the player.
Rodriguez’ switch to Napoli and the sale of Lucas Vazquez – who is wanted by Arsenal coach Unai Emery – could give them the resources to make a meaningful bid before the end of this month.
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