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Real Madrid: Pogba move "practically done"

Real Madrid: Pogba move "almost done"

Reuters

Andrew Yates

Eden Hazard will be the first to sign at Real Madrid followed by Paul Pogba, according to Spanish football show 'El Chiringuito de Jugones'.

Paul Pogba’s mooted move to Real Madrid is “practically done”, according veteran Spanish journalist, Eduardo Inda, who claims the Manchester United midfielder will accept a three-million-euro-a-year pay cut to make the move happen.

Pogba has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish giants since the return of manager Zinedine Zidane to the Bernabéu in March. And the 26-year-old did little to quash speculation when he said playing for Madrid “is a dream for anyone” a few weeks after the return of the French coach.

Pogba’s Premier League colleague, Eden Hazard of Chelsea, who has also been hotly tipped to make the move to the Spanish capital, made similar winks towards Madrid back in October, saying: "I don't want to lie today. It [playing for Real] is my dream since I was a kid."

And in his weekly segment on Spanish football show 'El Chiringuito de Jugones', Inda assured that both players are Bernabéu-bound this summer. 

Paul Pogba

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“The first to appear will be Hazard and the next will be Pogba,” said Inda. "He has agreed to reduce his Manchester United salary: from 15 (million euros net) per year to 12 million.”

Inda also claimed that his sponsor Adidas was pushing hard for the deal as he “is one of the brand’s major players.”

"I think we are talking about [a fee] between 156 and 170 million (euros)," he added. 

Juventus-Pogba links

Pogba joined United from Juventus in 2016 for a club-record fee of 105 million euros, but has failed to live up to his price tag since his return for a second stint at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman has also recently been linked with a move back to Juventus, with reports on Monday claiming that the Italian club were willing to offer United Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro as part of a swap deal for the 26-year old.