Real Madrid are once again being linked with a move for Paul Pogba. The Frenchman is close to returning to fitness for Manchester United, but most of the talk is about how he wants to leave Old Trafford.
The Frenchman’s contract with the Red Devils ends in the summer of 2021, which means that he will only have a year left on his contract in the summer of 2020 – allowing him to move for a cut-price deal. United though, have a clause allowing them to trigger an automatic one-year extension.
However, Real Madrid should not sign him – and here are three reasons why…
3. The Rise of Fede Valverde
Federico Valverde has been in scintillating form so far this season. The Merengues have started him in 10 games so far and have won eight of those matches, drawing the other two.
One of them was against Paris Saint-Germain, where Los Blancos were leading 1-0 when Valverde was subbed out, after which they drew 2-2. Madrid have only conceded three times with him on the pitch and he is also continuously improving his attacking game as can be seen by the two goals and an assist from his last four starts at Madrid.
As a result, Pogba may not be needed anymore as Valverde is already there.
2. He Would Cost Too Much
Paul Pogba is a great player but he would cost Real Madrid a fortune. Manchester United signed him for around €110 million in 2016 and even though they will have to agree upon a cut-price deal in the summer, it would still not be anything less than nine figures.
Spending such an amount on a player who is not really needed anymore is simply not a good investment. At this point, considering the alternatives in the market, he would be nothing more than a luxury signing.
1. Mino Raiola's Presence
Mino Raiola is one of the most powerful agents in the world but he is not an easy man to handle. He is known for using the media to get what he wants for himself and his clients, which is why he doesn’t have the best history with clubs where his clients play.
There are rumours of Florentino Perez not wanting to deal with Mino Raiola and considering that Real Madrid have only signed one Raiola client in all these years – Alphonse Areola – might just be a testament to the validity of that claim.
As a result, with such a high-profile player, things could awry with Raiola as not only would he demand huge agent fees but Pogba’s wages might also put a dent on Madrid’s wage structure.
Paul Pogba is being linked to Madrid but the move shouldn't happen - and here are three reasons why...