• December 10, 2023

Real Madrid’s loss to Tottenham could increase their desire to sign Paul Pogba


After what has been the latest instalment of a dreadful pre-season, yesterday’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham in the Audi Cup could be the catalyst needed to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Harry Kane’s winning goal midway through the first half was enough to secure the win for Spurs, but it could have been much worse if not for some brilliant saves by Keylor Navas.

Zinedine Zidane returned to Real Madrid in March for a second stint in charge and was under no illusion that a lot of work lay ahead rebuilding the team.

So far this summer the Frenchman has splashed the cash for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luca Jovic and Chelsea wide-man Eden Hazard, yet we all know it is Paul Pogba he wants.

Pogba himself revealed that he would be up for a new challenge following an up and down, time at Manchester United. His agent Mino Raiola confirmed this earlier in the month when he said Pogba was looking to leave Old Trafford.

Spanish football expert Dermot Corrigan also seems to think that the French international has his eyes set on Real Madrid and that a move could happen sooner rather than later given Real Madrid’s pre-season form.

“The feeling I get from around the Bernabeu now is that Zinedine Zidane would still really like to sign Pogba,” Corrigan told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk.

“He’s been his number one midfield target since back in March/April time when Zinedine Zidane returned to the Bernabeu [and] he’s been talking in public about how great a player Pogba is.

“The way that Madrid’s pre-season has gone so far has helped Zidane’s battle to get the club to pay the amount of money that they would need to get Pogba because results haven’t been good, performances haven’t been good.

“The midfield especially has looked as if it needs reinforcement and Pogba is the type of player that could fit in well.

“Maybe he is the type of player they need in midfield. If they can get him properly focused and playing at his best he could be a real addition to the team.

“Whether they are going to be able to do it or not remains to be seen, but the way things have gone over the last couple of weeks has strengthened Zidane’s hand”.

The current rumor going around is that Real Madrid would be willing to pay Manchester United £150 million for the World Cup winner.

This of course was based on Gareth Bale leaving for China and the freeing up of the Welshman’s £650,000 per-week salary.

Now that deal has fallen through, it is hard to say where we are in the process. Zidane wants Pogba, but Florentino Perez controls the purse strings.

I think that Pogba would become a bigger star than he already is and that his coming to the Santiago Bernabeu would give Zidane the opportunity to build a team around him.