Man United gossip: Paul Pogba not a target for Real Madrid, says Spanish expert

2018-02-17 12:36:40

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is NOT a target for Real Madrid, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

Pogba’s future at Old Trafford has been the topic of debate after a recent dip in form, and reports have claimed he could be set to leave the club after falling out with boss Jose Mourinho .

French publication L'Equipe even claimed this week that Pogba ‘regrets’ his decision to return to Man United and believes he should have moved to Real Madrid instead.

Reports then suggested the Spanish giants were plotting a summer move for the French superstar , but Balague has rubbished those rumours and says Pogba is ‘not a player Real want’ next season.

"It is normal that when things are not perfect with the superstar of a big club, stories emerge in the media," Balague told Sky Sports .

"Regarding Pogba, a leak to L'Equipe suggested he wants a different position on the pitch to improve his performances.

"When reports like that emerge, don't be surprised that reports claiming Real Madrid want him soon follow.

"But they don't, they do not have the money to finance such a deal after they buy their main targets this summer. Perhaps more importantly, Real president Florentino Perez does not view him as a target."

Instead of Pogba, Balague says the Spanish giants are targetting other Premier League stars instead ahead of the summer transfer window.

Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois or David De Gea are the big names Real want at this moment in time," the talkSPORT regular added.

"Other targets may appear depending on their performances over the rest of the season or at the World Cup. That is how Real operate.

"I will tell you an interesting story about Pogba and Real Madrid. When he decided to leave Manchester United he was offered to Real Madrid B for €100,000.

"The coach of the team at the time told Florentino: 'Bring him to me when he cost €100m'.

"Well, Pogba does cost more than that now, but he is not the player they want for next season."

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