Paul Pogba to Real Madrid can still happen
According to reports coming out of the north of England Spanish giants, Real Madrid is confident they can sign Paul Pogba if Manchester United can sign Christian Eriksen.
Tottenham would now prefer to sell Eriksen after the 27-year-old made it clear at the start of the summer that he was ready for a new challenge.
There was even talk of him coming to Real Madrid at one point with the tabloids saying he was in Madrid looking for a house.
While this idea now seems to be a no starter, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has just offered a club record fee of £64.4 million for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala.
Tottenham move for Dybala
The Argentinean international is not convinced that the north London club is an ideal fit for him and may try and stay with Juventus according to La Gazetta
For Tottenham to be able to sign Dybala, Levy would be looking to offset the cost by selling Eriksen to Manchester United for around £50 million.
Now, this is where Manchester United and Paul Pogba come in to play.
It is obvious to all watching that the French World Cup winner wants to play for Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
Realistically, Real Madrid is one of only a handful of clubs that could pay Manchester United’s £150 million
Eriksen may be forced to join Manchester United
At the start of the transfer window, there was the talk of a possible move to Old Trafford for Eriksen but he was not keen at the time due to the possibility of a move to Madrid.
Now the Madrid move is off the table and the clock is ticking Eriksen may have no choice but to join United as he is no longer a part of manager Mauricio Pochettino’s plan at Spurs.
Eriksen also has only one year remaining on his contract with Spurs which means that if Levy does not sell him this summer he can walk away a free agent.
If this was to happen Tottenham would receive no money, something a businessman like Levy will not allow to happen.
The one part we have left out here is who will replace Eriksen at Tottenham?
The answer is an easy one when you look at what midfield playmakers are available.
Who will replace Eriksen at Spurs?
The one that stands out to me is Sporting Lisbon’s, Bruno Fernandes.
Reports out of Portugal are saying that Fernandes has agreed to personal terms with Spurs, but an agreement between them and Sporting Lisbon is still pending.
Pogba coming to Madrid may depend on the Red Devils signing Eriksen.
Spanish sporting publication Marca is now claiming that Real Madrid is very confident that Manchester United would be open to selling Pogba should they sign Eriksen before the deadline.
Unlike the English transfer window which closed this week, the Spanish transfer window does not close until September 2nd allowing Real Madrid plenty of time to sign Pogba.
Another twist in the saga could be the future of James and Gareth Bale at Real Madrid. It’s obvious that Zinedine Zidane wants neither of the players at the Santiago Bernabeu and with Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku wanting to go to Inter Milan maybe some kind of deal that involves Bale or James can be done for Pogba.
It is certainly going to be interesting to see how it all plays out.