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Real Madrid seem to think Paul Pogba will snub Juventus return this summer

Real Madrid reportedly believes that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will snub a return to Juventus this summer and join the Santiago Bernabeu club instead. Reports, albeit coming from The Daily Mail, suggest that the hierarchy at the Madrid club are certain that Pogba would prefer to play for Zinedine Zidane this coming season.

The Madrid club will, of course, need to offload a number of players this summer in order to sign Pogba, which leave Juventus in the driving seat, in my opinion anyway. James Rodriguez is linked to Napoli at this moment in time and there is a likelihood that the deal could be completed. However, Gareth Bale will need to be offloaded too.

The Welshman does not seem to have any suitors that could realistically afford to buy him and United have already ruled themselves out, which was refreshing as it would just be another problematic signing at the club, added to that of Alexis Sanchez, who is on a high wage, but not as high as Bale’s at the Bernabeu.

Pogba flew to Australia with the rest of the squad ahead of the pre-season tour, which commences in Perth against Perth Glory on Saturday, then facing Leeds United four days later before heading to Singapore (facing Inter Milan) then Shanghai (facing Tottenham Hotspur) before heading back to Europe, where they will face Kristiansund in Oslo and AC Milan in Cardiff.

It was reported by The Times that Juventus, who are currently linked to Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, will be placing a £120 million bid for Pogba this summer but it is also suggested that United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is keen to retain Pogba this summer, which based on his reluctance to remain at the club, being that he publicly stated that he wanted a new challenge, in my mind it would be a silly thing to do.

This saga will probably run for much longer than it should and will cause problems at United, as they do not seem to be doing anything to nip all the speculation in the bud, not that it would actually work. With both Pogba and fellow want away Romelu Lukaku on the pre-season tour, the upset in the squad could be damaging for the immediate future.

The best thing that could have happened is that the player wanting to leave the club should have been gone before pre-season started or kept away from the players who want to work for the team. The damage done already will be something that will hit the team in the upcoming months and by that time, there will be no quick fix.

Sir Alex Ferguson would have nipped everything in the bid as quickly as he could have had it done. Pogba and Lukaku would have left the club and replacements would have been in place and ready for pre-season to start, or as quickly as it could have been sorted. This is not Solskjaer’s fault. Ed Woodward is the guy that will get all the credit for his own work once again. The guy is beyond clueless.

United does not seem to have learned anything in the past six years post-Ferguson. A bungled transfer window in 2013 when David Moyes had just taken over, making a move on deadline day and overpaying then the hundreds of millions wasted under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, which did not make the team better. Imagine the opposition quaking in their boots seeing Bastian Schweinsteiger on the team sheet!

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