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Man Utd transfer news: Paul Pogba DESPERATE to go to Madrid or Juventus, just how will saga end?

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He's no brat like Romelu Lukaku or Laurent Koscielny, and starred as Manchester United beat Chelsea... but with World Cup winner Paul Pogba DESPERATE to go to Real Madrid or Juventus, just how will this latest transfer saga end?Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is a mystery wrapped inside a riddlePogba is a World Cup winner and the Premier League's most expensive playerUpon his return to United, they have fallen miles behind Man City and Liverpool The Frenchman is now looking to force through a dream move to Real Madrid 

Paul Pogba is a mystery wrapped inside a riddle. A World Cup winner and the Premier League's most expensive player, his second spell at Manchester United has coincided with the club falling miles behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

A popular and respectful figure inside the club, Pogba has nonetheless used any public forum to try and force a dream move to Real Madrid under his legendary compatriot, Zinedine Zidane.

Sportsmail assesses the different factors at work in the Pogba soap opera...

Paul Pogba's future remains uncertain as he looks to force a dream move to Real Madrid


Appearances: 143

Goals: 31

Assists: 31

Yellows: 23

Reds: 1

Minutes played: 11,526 


After three seasons at Manchester United, he wants to spend the rest of his peak years at a club that is going to challenge for the biggest prizes in Europe. Pogba is now 26 and his biggest wish is to get a move to Real Madrid where he'd work with Zinedine Zidane.

The consolation prize would be a return to Juventus where he won three Serie A titles. 

Third on the wish-list is staying at United, where he has no Eden Hazard or Cristiano Ronaldo in the team, or Champions League football to look forward to.


Unlikely in this window. First of all, United are already light in midfield and selling Pogba would cause real uproar given they can't sign a replacement until January at the earliest.

Secondly, Madrid look unable to pay what United would demand. The Spanish giants have just spent nine figures on Eden Hazard and haven't so far been able to move big-earners Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez off the wage bill. Zidane has made it clear he wants Pogba but club president Florentino Perez thinks the sums involved are too high.

Real Madrid would need to find £150million and pay Pogba's wages on top. And United aren't interested in having Bale in part-exchange.

His biggest wish is Madrid, where he'd work alongside legendary compatriot Zinedine Zidane

Madrid would need to find £150million and pay the World Cup winner's wages on top


The midfielder grew up in United's academy and has a great deal of respect for the club. It's possibly worked against him in that he's been reluctant to throw his toys out of the pram to force a move.

It's been a strange two-tier strategy from Pogba and his notoriously aggressive agent, Mino Raiola. Pogba speaks a lot of the possibility of leaving United, talking about a 'new challenge' during a recent promotional tour and trying to keep the Real option open by declaring after Sunday's first Premier League match: 'Only time will tell. There's always that question mark.'

And yet he's been respectful to United. He turned up to the pre-season tour of Australia, Singapore and China and provided two brilliant assists in the 4-0 victory win against Chelsea at the weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised his attitude and staff at United's training ground at Carrington rate Pogba as the friendliest player they deal with, alongside Juan Mata.

Ironically, all this hasn't helped Pogba's prospects to leave. Laurent Koscielny and Romelu Lukaku both got their wish to leave Arsenal and Manchester United this summer by behaving badly.

The Frenchman has been respectful to United despite admitting he wants to leave this summer


It's hard to think Solskjaer will convince Pogba that he should spend the next five years at Old Trafford, but certainly their good personal relationship may help get the best out of the midfielder for this season. 'He's a top, top lad,' said the United manager about his player after the Chelsea game.

Raiola could always advise his client takes the nuclear option and find a mystery injury before the end of the European transfer window on September 2, but such a move would be rife with risk. United may decide not to sell in any case and then Pogba would look the bad guy, something he is desperate to avoid.

United's fast start to the season may help reconcile the player to give his all for an extra season. Solskjaer is building a system that should help get the best out of Pogba, a 4-3-3 in which the presence of Nemanja Matic or Scott McTominay gives him license to get forward.

For someone with Pogba's passing ability, the speed of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James ahead of him is perfect.

Pogba's relationship with Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains strong 

Pogba flourished in the second half on Sunday as United thrashed Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford


As the highest-profile player at United, Pogba has been the target for every disappointment the club suffered under Jose Mourinho – and there were quite a few. Pogba's social media presence, his occasional inability to track runners and even his stuttering penalty run-ups have given critics the chance to carp.

And yet the truth is a little more mixed. Pogba was integral when United won the League Cup and Europa League. He was also at the heart in many of the team's best comebacks; the 3-2 win at Manchester City in 2018; the 3-2 victory against Newcastle that temporarily saved Mourinho's job.

Most significantly, the professional players of the Premier League – those who play against him every week – voted Pogba in last season's team of the year. He was the only player outside City and Liverpool to be selected.

Overall, Pogba hasn't been a disaster at Old Trafford but when you cost a then-world record fee of £89million and a huge promotional campaign around the slogan Pogback, you expect 9/10 performances every week, not a 9/10 followed by a couple of sixes.

Last Sunday summed him up within 90 minutes. He allowed Chelsea's midfield to control the game at Old Trafford for periods in the first half, but flourished in the second and few players on the pitch could have pulled off the pass to Rashford that made it 3-0. That's the player Real Madrid want – but unlikely to get despite his flirting.

As the highest-profile player at United, Pogba has been the target for every disappointment


It is hard to see the situation changing radically from what it is now. The world-class replacement United will seek are unlikely to be available until the main window and Real Madrid will still be short of budget. 

It looks like a move for 12 months time, as Cristiano Ronaldo to Madrid panned out, and then only if Zidane stays in charge. Only Pogba going on all-out strike could alter the dynamic and he doesn't seem the type, and even then there would be no guarantee of forcing United's hand.


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