Real Madrid could offer Manchester United the chance to get up to four of their (unwanted, probably) players in exchange for the Paul Pogba.
Pogba was the subject of much transfer speculation last summer as he ultimately stayed at Old Trafford. However, after assisting two goals on the opening weekend, the 27-year-old has endured a season blighted by injury, making only five Premier League starts in 2019/20.
Real, who currently sit second in La Liga behind Barcelona, are looking to bolster their midfield – with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric both the wrong side of 30.
The Sun claims that Martin Odegaard, James Rodríguez, Lucas Vazquez and Brahim Diaz are each on the table for United, in return for Pogba. Both clubs have taken a financial hit from the suspension of play following the coronavirus outbreak and Real Madrid have turned to swap deals in a bid to save money and still get their deals done.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already spoken out about the unrealistic nature of huge transfer fees in the wake of this pandemic, although this has not dampened talk of Pogba’s exit.
The former France international Willy Sagnol recently revealed the advanced stage of Pogba’s negotiations with Real Madrid. He added fuel to the fire stoked by claims that Pogba will go to ‘war’ with the club to force through an exit in the summer.
While swap deals do pose an alternative to more traditional transfer transactions, they are incredibly rare, especially at the elite level of Manchester United and Real Madrid. A deal which can satisfy the needs of two players is complicated enough, not to mention the complexities involved in a swap of as many as five individuals.
Pogba may very well leave Manchester United in the upcoming transfer window, whenever that may be, but the likelihood of the Frenchman – and his highly valuable image rights – leaving the Premier League in exchange for four Real Madrid players, seems…well, slim.
Three Real Madrid rejects and a promising prospect for one of United’s best players? Dream on.