Real Madrid have seen an offer worth £90m plus Dani Ceballos rejected by Manchester United for wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba.
The Los Blancos are keenly interested in adding Pogba to their list of ‘galacticos’ after already signing Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Rodrygo and Eder Militao this summer.
Reports in Spain that Real Madrid back Paul Pogba’s decision to go on Manchester United’s preseason tour. That’s nice of them. Pogba remains Zinedine Zidane’s No 1 transfer target
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) 7 July 2019
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is an admirer of his compatriot and the player himself has indicated that he is looking elsewhere in search of a ‘new challenge’.
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola echoed the same sentiments last week in an interview with the Times.
“Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We are in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are. Everyone within the club, from the manager to the owner, knows Paul’s wishes.”
The Red Devils are reportedly demanding £140m upfront for Pogba and further £10m with additional clauses.
Real are not comfortable with United’s such steep terms and hence have offered £90 in cash and Dani Ceballos to sweeten the deal.
But according to Ian McGarry, United have swiftly turned down that approach as they are only ‘interested in cash’.
“I was told that Madrid did make an initial offer last Thursday, which was of €100m [£90m] plus Dani Ceballos – who has been starring for Spain’s Under-21s in their European Under-21 championship campaign,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“However, United turned that down flat and said that they were only interested in cash.
“That’s clearly a signal that they do want to reinvest money rather than take any players as a makeweight.”
United’s Premier League rivals Tottenham have been heavily linked with Ceballos while Liverpool and Arsenal have also kept a distant eye.