Real Madrid has turned down the chance to capture Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba on a free transfer this summer
Paul Pogba will depart Manchester United in the summer, according to a report from Defensa Central. United will not make any attempt to extend his current contract at Old Trafford after the season. Mino Raiola is looking to locate him a new club ahead of the new season.
Raiola has reached out to several teams. Thus, giving them the chance to capture Pogba on a free transfer. Reports say that Real Madrid was among the clubs that were offered the possibility to acquire the Frenchman on a free transfer. But the Spanish giants passed down the opportunity, according to the report.
It seems that, even though Pogba has been on Los Blancos’ radar for some time, the Spanish league leaders have no plans to sign the former Juventus star for next season. The player was a key target for former coach Zinedine Zidane. But new boss Carlo Ancelotti does not have the same high regard for the Frenchman.
In the Premier League, it seems the Italian supremo is fully aware of Pogba’s troubles since rejoining Manchester United in 2016. The midfielder has failed to live up to his expensive price tag since joining the Red Devils in 2016.
So, what’s next for Pogba?
Real Madrid is in serious need of a new midfielder this summer. Luka Modric is reaching the end of his playing career. However, with Pogba hampered by injuries and a lack of consistency, the Spanish giants are looking at other possibilities on the market.
In the short time since his arrival, Ancelotti has sought several players in the market. This includes Newcastle United’s January acquisition of Bruno Guimaraes. Pogba’s young French colleague, Aurelien Tchouameni, is presently one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe. Real Madrid is also showing an interest in him.
The same can be said about Pogba himself. He has reportedly been rejected by Manchester City as well. According to the same source, only Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have shown an interest in signing him during the forthcoming summer transfer window.