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Why Madrid May Forgo €250m Pogba Deal …. As United Wait In The Wing

Posted: Jul 16, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Steve Oma-Ofozor

Lagos – Latest transfer drama has indicated that Real Madrid may not sign Paul Pogba because juventus are asking for too much even as he appeared to fit the bill as a marquee signing for the club this summer.

It was also reported that Madrid have not 100 percent ruled out their ambition  on Pogba joining the club at the Santiago Bernabeu the possibility now seems unlikely.

According to further reports, Pogba is said to be nowhere near a move to Madrid because, Manchester United are seemingly set to offer whatever it takes to prise the France midfielder away from Juventus.

Detailed reports on the 23-year-old speak highly of his qualities and also his temperament off the pitch. However, the operation would cost Los Blancos in excess of €250 million – an exorbitant sum in an inflated market.

Pogba is a man in demand and Juventus know they can call the shots. Therefore, the transfer fee is never going to be any less than €100m, an amount already offered – according to Sky Sports – by United.

Also, Radio Marca revealed a few weeks ago that Juventus had asked Madrid for €120m plus Toni Kroos in an informal conversation – which reveals the extent of the cost of a possible deal.

Sadly for Madrid, the Frenchman is reported to have asked for around €14m per season after tax to leave Turin, where Juve are also preparing a lucrative contract renewal for their talented midfielder. And in Madrid’s case, given the tax system in Spain, that would mean a total of €130m over five seasons.

On the other hand,  the agent Mino Raiola will also take a 20 per cent stake in any transfer – another €20 or €30m depending on the final fee; added up it will be a total in excess of €250m, approximately – an amount that is considered too high even by big spenders Real Madrid.

However, it was understood that signing Pogba could also upset the wage distribution structure at Real, with that another consideration for Florentino Perez and his board.

Thus, should Madrid agreed to pay the Frenchman €14m per year after tax, that would make him the second-best-paid player at the club, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the same vein, the 23-year-old would earn more than Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, which may not sit too well with those three players and others.

It is believed that Madrid have carefully maintained a wage structure over the past few years, with salaries increased on merit, while bringing in Pogba on €14m a year would likely mean the club would have to pay out larger wages to several other members of their squad.

With Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Isco, Casemiro and Mateo Kovacic all at the Bernabeu, Madrid are currently well-stocked in the midfield department, hence they are reluctant to proceed with such a large outlay for Pogba as Raiola’s demands push up the value of what is likely to be the summer’s most expensive transfer.

Although, there is still much time to make amends, the movements in Italy and England with a month and a half left in the window, it now seems unlikely that Paul Pogba will end up at Real at the end of the exercise.

Culled from Goal.