Paul Pogba is desperate to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid this summer, sources close to the player have told The Independent.
Paul Pogba is desperate to secure an exit from Manchester United this summer to join Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid, according to British paper The Independent.
Citing sources close to the player, The Independent reports that Pogba feels United are far from being in a position to challenge for the Premier League title and this is one of his main reasons for wanting to leave the club.
On top of that, with just two league games remaining, it now looks extremely unlikely that sixth-place United will qualify for the Champions League next season, which would resign the French superstar to challenging for the Europa League should he remain at Old Trafford.
On Monday ESPN cited sources that said that his team mates expect him to push for a summer transfer if United don’t qualify for the Champions League.
Real Madrid reluctant to meet Pogba’s United salary
The 26-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid since the March return of coach Zinedine Zidane, who publically welcomed his compatriot with open arms should he decide to end his second spell at United.
On his part, Pogba also threw a wink Zidane’s way by saying that “playing for Real Madrid is the dream of every footballer and even more so under Zidane.”
The pair have reportedly spoken personally about Pogba’s prospects of joining Real Madrid. However the club is reportedly reluctant to meet his enormous salary demands.
Were Madrid to match his current £290,000-a-week ($380,000/€337,000) salary at United, the French international would become the club’s highest earner, ahead of the likes of Gareth Bale and captain Sergio Ramos. But club sources have told ESPN that the World Cup winner would have to be willing to take a pay cut if he wants to make the move to the Bernabéu.