The Spanish club’s pursuit of the Frenchman has been complicated, and it could take a while
Real Madrid’s pursuit of Paul Pogba remains one of the top stories of the summer, and it has been one that the club expects to go right down to the final days of the transfer window.
The French star has been linked with the Spanish side in recent weeks after stating that he could seek a new challenge away from Old Trafford.
Agent Mino Raiola only furthered those rumours by adding that he has been “in the process” of ensuring Pogba will leave Manchester United for a new club this summer.
Real Madrid are seen as one of the likely landing spots, although Juventus has also been said to be in the mix.
However, Madrid’s pursuit of Pogba has been a complicated one that will likely be unresolved until August.
The club has been certain that Manchester United are in no rush to begin negotiations and will likely wait until the waning moments of the transfer window to begin any sort of talks.
Real Madrid believe the situation will look much like that of David de Gea’s back in 2015, a summer where the club was fully in pursuit of the Spanish goalkeeper.
In that scenario, Manchester United did not begin negotiations until 1pm on the final day of the transfer window, and negotiations ended up failing as the two sides famously did not complete all parts of the deal in time.
The difference this time around has been that there has been a strained relationship between Pogba and Man Utd fans, with the midfielder having already stated his intentions of pursuing something new.
Another variable has been the difference in transfer windows, as the market closes in England on August 8 while Spain’s window closes nearly a month later.
The Spanish side expect the situation to drag on right until the close of the window, with a Los Blancos source adding: “Summer has been quite long.”
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Real Madrid are prepared for that fact, as they themselves have business to do before making any sort of big-money move for the Frenchman.
Having already bought the likes of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao as part of a summer spending-spree, Madrid would have to offload players like Gareth Bale, Isco and James Rodriguez in order to raise the money necessary to facilitate a move for Pogba.
The Frenchman has been currently in Australia with the rest of his Manchester United team-mates as the club prepare for a pre-season clash with Perth Glory.