Mathias Pogba still believes his brother Paul can join Real Madrid
Paul Pogba’s brother Mathias, who plays for Manchego in Spain’s Tercera División has said that it is still possible for Real Madrid to sign Paul this summer.
Throughout the pre-season Real Madrid have been linked to the French World Cup winner which Pogba himself saying he would be up for a new challenge.
With the transfer window already closed in England, it would be hard to imagine Manchester United letting Pogba go knowing they would have to wait until at least January to find a replacement.
Pauls brother Mathias remains optimistic that a deal can still be done telling El Chiringuito (h/t AS), that there is still time for Paul to join French legend Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“[President] Florentino [Perez] can still bring my brother to Madrid,” he said. “… Who does Zidane really need in his team? My brother, of course. My brother, and another midfielder on top of that, I think.”
Mathias, also thinks that the 200€ million (£185m) price tag that the Red Devils have placed on his brother is an unrealistic sum of money.
“My brother isn’t worth €200 million, but that’s just the way the transfer market is these days,” he said. “Manchester United are going to ask for a lot of money, I’m sure, but he’s not worth €200 million.”
Despite the rumblings, it is hard to imagine Ole Gunnar Solskjaer letting the influential midfielder leave as he knows no matter how much Pogba might want to go to Real Madrid he will give 100% at United.
The most likely scenario will be Pogba remaining at Old Trafford until next summer.
Hopefully, by then Real Madrid will have everything in place to make a deal happen.
Nothing but a win against Celta Vigo will be good enough
As Real Madrid board the plane for the short flight to Galicia they must be aware that anything other than a comfortable win will be looked on as a failure.
Last season Celta Vigo came perilously close to being relegated and would have done but for some good results in the second half of the season.
Missing from the team this year is Uruguayan international Maxi Gomez who joined Valencia for £13 million.
In his place, Celta Vigo signed the very capable Denis Suarez from Barcelona. The midfielder has struggled with injuries in the last year or so but if he can stay fit will be an important player for the Galician club.
Up front is where Celta Vigo lack options relying almost entirely on 32-year-old Iago Aspas to find the back of the net.
Last season the former Liverpool striker scored 20 goals and will need to again if Celta Vigo wants to remain in the top flight.
Incidentally, Aspas will miss the match against Real Madrid with me predicting Eden Hazard to score for Los Blancos in a match that will make us all forget about the dismal pre-season friendlies.