However, a move did not materialize as Manchester United refused to sell him. Now the Red Devils are themselves offering the player to Los Blancos. But this time it is the Spanish side who are not interested in bringing Pogba to the Bernabeu.
The player Manchester United want for Pogba:
The Red Devils are keen on signing Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. The defender has just one year left on his current contract with Los Blancos. He joined the club as a teenager and he has won many trophies for the club.
According to AS, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will offer one Frenchman for another. Manchester United are making this ambitious move because Varane now has just one year left on his current contract. They are keen to add a top defender to partner Harry Maguire in defence.
Another reason why Red Devils are offering Pogba is Jadon Sancho. They are only willing to offer around $35 million for Varane. While Transfermarkt values him around $78 million. However Manchester United are saving money to sign their long-term target Jadon Sancho.
Why Real Madrid have rejected this offer?
It was largely Zinedine Zidane who wanted to bring Pogba to Bernabeu. The club was largely against the idea because of various reasons. Now the Frenchman has left the club, thus the former Juventus player is really wanted at Real Madrid.
Also, Florentino Perez is collecting funds to sign a top player like Mbappe or Erling Haaland as well. Any move for these two players will require big money. Such money can only be attained through sales of players rather than swap deals.
Manchester United twist:
Though the Spanish media is reporting about this swap deal, there are some reports in English media that suggest something else. According to the Sun, the Red Devils are offering Pogba a contract extension.
If reports are believed to be true the Red Devils want to make him the highest earner in the Premier League. The deal will see the Frenchmen earn around $104 million over a span of five years.
On a weekly basis, he will earn around £400,000. Though nothing is certain right now as Pogba is entering the final year of his contract with Manchester United. Currently, the Red Devils are negotiating a new contract with his agent Mino Riola.
12th Man Opinion:
Manchester United fans would love to see Varane in the Red shirt. However, fans would be divided about whether Pogba should be included in a swap deal or not. As fans still believe that the best is yet to come from the Frenchman, while some want him out.
As for Real Madrid fans, they would not want to see Varane leave the club this summer. They have just lost Sergio Ramos and Varane is now seen as the next linchpin at the back.