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According to Spanish publication AS, Real Madrid could find it difficult to meet Paul Pogba’s salary demands with the prospect of a possible transfer next summer due to the admission of agent Mino Raiola.
Raiola insisted that Pogba’s spell at Manchester United is now ‘over’ and the central midfielder now intends to ‘extend’ his contract, which could force a sale next summer so he doesn’t leave for free.
AS reiterated that the 27-year-old admitted it would be a ‘dream’ to play for Los Blancos during a press conference in October while he was away with France on international service.
Unsurprisingly, it was reported that Zinedine Zidane would prefer hiring Pogba to Rennes’ wonder boy Eduardo Camavinga, which is by no means a blow to the exciting 18-year-old.
With both players’ contracts expiring in the summer of 2022 (Camavinga has confirmed that he wishes to leave next summer), AS claims that either of them would be available for between € 50 million and € 80 million before next season.
The problems are Pogba’s salary, AS reiterates that the World Cup winner will not accept anything less than the € 288,500 per week he currently receives with the Red Devils.
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Camavinga, understandably as a youngster and not an established star in the world, currently earns € 2 million per season according to AS, € 13 million less than Pogba’s current salary.
That figure, which is the minimum that Pogba would realistically demand, could be extremely difficult to meet given the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Madrid, like clubs around the world.
AS note that Camavinga and Pogba’s futures are really intertwined as United are also interested in the Rennes midfielder.
Indeed, as long as United has an interest in Camavinga, the prospect of Pogba arriving at Madrid is open.
With Madrid seemingly destined to land one of the two, that is certainly a good situation for the club, they could receive a bona fide superstar who could contribute on the pitch and keep the club’s profile off it, or sign the Camavinga. highly qualified. that would fit with the hierarchy’s focus on young talent.