Real Madrid missed out on Paul Pogba in the summer due to financial reasons, as per a report from Marca.
Real were believed to have had an agreement in place with Juventus in October 2015 which allowed them first refusal on Pogba if he chose to leave. It allowed the La Liga big boys to make an approach for the midfielder, regardless of his contract.
Two meetings were reportedly held in June to structure the framework for Pogba’s move to the Bernabeu, involving agent Mino Raiola and Real CEO Jose Angel Sanchez.
But the Spanish side pulled the plug on the transfer following Pogba’s performances at Euro 2016, to avoid a bidding war with Manchester United.
Marca, despite their persistent summer reports of denying Real’s defeat in the transfer war, now accept it would have been ‘impossible’ to defeat Manchester United in the bidding war due to what they claim was a massive €120m fee.
Pogba was certainly the epicentre of transfer speculations throughout the summer, and eventually became the world’s most expensive player after joining Manchester United, whom he left on a free transfer 4 years ago.
Even his agent Mino Raiola, after completing the move, said in an interview that Pogba himself chose Manchester United, snubbing any offer from Real Madrid.
The Frenchman provided a brilliant assist in United’s 3-1 Boxing Day victory against Sunderland – his third in this Premier League season, a tally he has matched in top-flight goals this term.
His improved statistics now clearly hint that the world’s most expensive footballer looks to be finally settling into life at Old Trafford, after the upheaval of summer switch from Juventus.