Paul Pogba signing: Man United v Real Madrid – what will decide his destination

first_imgJose Mourinho faced the media on Tuesday for the first time as Manchester United boss and new signings were firmly on the agenda.Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are the only two to have officially signed, although Mourinho insisted he had made three signings, with Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan expected to be confirmed this week.The Portuguese said he wanted four signings, and with those three sealed, he and Ed Woodward are turning their attentions to the fourth.Mourinho’s teams have always been built on a strong spine and having already secured a centre back, an attacking midfielder and a striker, a central midfielder is his final piece in the puzzle.That midfielder is expected to be former youth product Paul Pogba for what could be a world-record fee.The Frenchman is expected to leave Juventus this summer amid interest from the Red Devils and Real Madrid, but who are the frontrunners? talkSPORT investigates. 3 3 Why it is unlikely …The lack of Champions League football is the reason United have to pay extra in wages and is also the reason Mats Hummels chose Bayern Munich over the Red Devils this summer. If Mourinho is able to persuade Pogba this absence from Europe’s premier competition would only be for a season, then the transfer suddenly becomes very realistic. Real Madrid:Why it is likely …Real Madrid seem the obvious choice for Pogba. They are the Champions League holders, the richest club in the world and boast arguably the most talented squad in Europe. Pogba would be the perfect ‘galactico’ signing this summer after a fine Euro 2016 with France. He would slot perfectly into a midfield triumvirate with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos and have the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in front of him. There is also the lure of working under one of France’s greatest ever players in Zinedine Zidane.Why it is unlikely …There is also a lot of uncertainty around Madrid. Would they be willing to fork out a world-record transfer after being found guilty of receiving millions of pounds in illegal state funding? Furthermore, with a trigger-happy President like Florentino Perez, there is no guarantee how long Zidane would remain as boss for. If Pogba wants stability as he aims to progress to Ballon d’Or-winning level, MadridManchester United:Why it is likely …The Mourinho factor is a huge lure for prospective transfers with the majority of European players eager to play under such an illustrious manager. Manchester United have an embarrassment of riches and would not hesitate to break the transfer record currently held by Bale or offer wages higher than those earned by Wayne Rooney. Pogba is a former United player and knows the area, as well as speaking the language, and would surely settle quicker in Manchester than in Madrid. Pogba’s star is among the brightest in Europe right now and he would be the main man at United, even ahead of Ibrahimovic, given his age. At Madrid he, like Bale and the others, would have to live in the large shadow cast by Ronaldo. Paul Pogba has impressed for France in Euro 2016 3last_img

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