The return of Paul Pogba immediately bought joy to fans at Old Trafford. The red devils would be getting their star back. The player who left as a youngster, who made it at Juventus & became ear-marked as one of the best midfielders in the world.

The truth is, his return to Manchester hasn’t turned out to be all it could’ve been.

It’s not all Pogba’s fault, with Man Utd going through an everlasting transitional period. This period has lasted longer than David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho & is still continuing under the Ole regime.

Paul Pogba didn’t have the best time under Jose Mourinho, but the board decided to part ways with Jose instead of sell Pogba. Just over 18 months later, the board are facing a similar predicament… but this time it’s around Pogba’s contract.

It could just be another tactic employed to get a better contract, but this week Paul Pogba stated his desire to play for Real Madrid. After this, he did issue a counter-statement that he’s working hard to make Manchester United return to their former glory. At this point, nobody can be sure of his thoughts. If he’s playing his contract down, he’s certainly doing it the right way by flirting with Real Madrid.

Paul Pogba would probably cost around £80 million in todays market, but Real Madrid would be licking their lips at the potential to sign him on a free… most clubs would!

His wages are currently around £300,000 per week, but leaving on a free could enable him to negotiate for even better wages. He could ask for £500,000 a week and the top clubs would pay this, in addition to a healthy signing on bonus.

Real Madrid have also been showing their interest in the French wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga. He’s showing great potential, but he’s not even 18 yet! This is where Man Utd could have played their hand, in order to try and keep Real Madrid away from Pogba.

It’s quite a longshot on my behalf, but I have a good feeling that Man United aren’t as interested as the media are drumming up. Real Madrid on the otherhand, are big admirers of the midfielder and he fits their current transfer policy of signing explosive youth players. 

He would add to the ranks of Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Kubo, Reinier & Martin Odegaard. Potential FC!

Real Madrid haven’t given up on their Galacticos though, but it’s hard to deny that Luka Jovic & Eden Hazard haven’t hit the ground running as of yet.

How can Man Utd stop Real Madrid signing Pogba?

There’s very little Man Utd can do, if Paul Pogba decides to run down his contract. In all fairness, with what we’ve seen from Manchester United at ‘board level’ during the last few years, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this conclusion.

However, Man Utd have pulling power. They can offer competition with Real Madrid for Camavinga, which is something that Real Madrid may want to avoid. Even though he’s more likely to choose La Liga than the Premier League, it would see Real Madrid paying a higher transfer fee, signing on bonus & agent fees. 

It all comes down to if they want to risk losing out on a potential world-beater, for a proven world class, albeit out of form, 28 year old.

It’s certainly going to be an interesting Summer in 2021. It’s make or break for Man Utd, who have faced misery in 2020 when they missed out on Jadon Sancho.

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