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Is Florentino Perez finally tightening the purse strings?

Mourinho gets his man

Juventus and Manchester United announced yesterday that Pogba has been granted permission to undergo a medical at Old Trafford – making the completion of his world-record transfer now imminent. Mourinho, who yesterday also had the pleasure of winning the Community Shield against Leicester with a goal from his other big signing, Ibrahimovic, finally got his way. The French midfielder will now return to the team were he started and where he left as a failure. Pogba fancied Real Madrid more, not just due to his ties with Zidane (who also wanted him) but because of his bad memories at United. However, in the end Mourinho won him over. After all, things are usually achieved by those who do the most to achieve them.

Zinedine Zidane (l) with Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez

Madrid's strange, signing-less summer 

Florentino Perez, then, didn’t want to please Zidane by getting Pogba. The price, of course, was very high, and one which was inflated further by the player’s agent’s insistence on a colossal commission. Raiola and Florentino, what’s more, can’t bear each other. As such, the summer’s star signing wasn’t made by Madrid, but Manchester United, who are beginning to rebuild again to compete in the Champions League. Meanwhile, it’s starting to seem a bit odd to have a summer where Madrid haven’t made a big signing – something we’ve become well used to seeing. A summer without a signing for Florentino is like Holy Week in Spain without the religious processions.

Florentino tightening the purse strings? 

Not one big signing, nor a medium-sized one, not even a small one (except Morata’s return move that is, or Asensio, who’s making big waves). I wrote once that Florentino used to fail in spring – when the titles are decided – and triumph in summer, when the transfer window comes round. Perhaps this time he feels satisfied by the Undécima, spring’s biggest catch, and because of that he’s acting with greater calm. Or maybe it’s because the money is becoming scarce. Florentino has never been short on cash, but now the purse strings are tightening. Let’s see what happens. Sissoko is still a possibility. He’s not quite the same as Pogba, but hey…