Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could join Real Madrid this summer after publicly flirting with the Spanish club in March and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly identified the player to replace the France international.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane responded to Pogba’s admiration of his club by admitting he would love to have Pogba at Real Madrid.
“I like Pogba a lot and that’s nothing new,” said Zidane in April.
“I know him personally and he is different. He adds something that few others can do, thanks to his quality. He knows how to attack and how to defend.”
According to Sport Witness, Manchester United want Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot to replace Pogba.
The 24-year-old has made just 20 appearances this season for PSG and hasn’t featured at all since December 5 for the French champions after being frozen out of the team for deciding to run his contract down and leave the club for a free at the end of the season.
Solskjaer sees signing Rabiot an attractive proposition as he wouldn’t demand a transfer fee and free up money to be spent elsewhere in the squad.
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Meanwhile, Mino Raiola’s, Pogba’s agent, has been handed a three-month ban by the Italian FA. The reason for the suspension was not disclosed but the ban is only effective in Italy.
An FIGC statement said: “The Sports Procurators Commission, any other exception, deduction and defence rejected, condemns Mr Carmine [Mino] Raiola and Mr Vincenzo Raiola, on his own behalf and as legal representatives of the companies they represent to sanction of the suspension from the exercise of the activity of sports attorney to the extent, respectively: with regard to Mr. Carmine Raiola, of 3 months, with regard to Mr. Vincenzo Raiola, of 2 months.”
Raiola’s suspension isn’t expected to affect Pogba’s desire to join Real Madrid. However, Raiola has to be licensed by an FA to operate as an agent and if the FIGC have annulled his approval for that period, he’d have to be licensed elsewhere.