Paul Pogba’s departure was the subject of the summer as the Frenchman openly admitted his willingness for a new challenge. Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid were top pursuers of the Frenchman but the deal never materialized as the higher-ups at Manchester United kept up their asking price.
Los Blancos were not in a position to meet United’s valuation full in cash, while the Old Trafford outfit were not interested in any swap deals that would lower the price.
However, now a recent report believes that the La Liga giants could do just that.
As per El Desmarque (via Mirror), Florentino Perez has decided to make a January attempt at acquiring Paul Pogba and has an ingenious plan in mind. It would involve paying €85 million to the Red Devils while offering two players in exchange as well.
The report adds that those two names would be James Rodriguez and Mariano Diaz.
At 28 years of age, Rodriguez could bring to Old Trafford the precise sort of attacking midfield brilliance that they presently lack although fitness woes are bound to color the Columbian’s valuation.
As for Diaz, the 26-year-old striker could be the apt back-up attacker for Solskjaer and company with the report citing that the Norwegian is especially pleased at the Spaniard’s knack for scoring goals without needing to play the full ninety minutes.
If true, this report would indicate that Perez has taken into account Solskjaer’s precise needs for this transfer window and is trying to fulfill them whilst prying away Pogba in the process.
Apart from stray reports, there has been no solid indication that Solskjaer and United wish for Pogba’s exit while the player’s own intent is still gray, with many preferring to think that he still has his heart set on the Spanish giants.
The hypothetical of this deal occurring is bound to see United try and squeeze a bigger fee as their own valuation is upwards of €188 million.