Man United transfer news: Paul Pogba’s brother backs Real Madrid switch and says he’ll move to Spain if he gets the chance

27 Aug

Paul Pogba ‘would be great for Real Madrid’, his brother Mathias has claimed while discussing the Man United star’s potential transfer to Spain.

The Red Devils midfielder has been linked with a big-money move to the Bernabeu throughout the summer as Zinedine Zidane is a huge fan of his.

Pogba remains at Old Trafford despite Real Madrid hoping to sign him
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An Old Trafford exit looked on the cards when, in June, Pogba admitted ‘it could be time for a new challenge’.

But with less than a week left until the European transfer window closes, it is unlikely Real Madrid will match United’s £150million asking price to sign the midfielder.

When asked if Pogba was frustrated at failing to secure his ‘dream’ move to the Bernabeu, Mathias told Spanish outlet AS: “No. He’s fine, like always.

“Nobody should expect him to say anything bad about United.  He’s a professional and that’s where he is right now.

“His future? That depends on the clubs.

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“Manchester need to want to sell and Madrid need to want to buy. That’s how business works.

“Everyone knows my brother would be great for Real Madrid and [Zinedine] Zidane. It’s Real Madrid and Manchester United who need to talk.”

Mathias, who joined Spanish fourth tier club Manchego earlier this summer, has tipped his brothers to play in Spain one day – saying Paul will move to the country if he gets the opportunity.

The third Pogba brother, Florentin, is currently plying his trade for MLS club Atlanta United.

Mathias added: “No doubt before our careers are over we’ll get together in the same country. Hopefully it’ll be Spain.

“It might be this season, but it doesn’t depend just on us. If Flo and Paul get the chance, they’ll come. If not, they’ve got contracts with their clubs.”

It has been an eventful start to the season for Paul Pogba, who registered two assists in United’s opening-day win over Chelsea.

However, he was subjected to racial abuse on social media after missing a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Wolves last week.

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16 Aug

Paul Pogba wants to leave Manchester United and Real Madrid need him, according to the player’s brother.

Mathias Pogba was a guest on Spanish television programme, El Chiringuito, and was asked about the midfielder’s future, who earlier in the summer admitted it might be time for a change of scenery.

Pogba could still leave Old Trafford despite the closure of the transfer window in England
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“Paul wants to move. In the team he is in now, he can’t do everything,” he said.

“If [Real manager Zinedine] Zidane doesn’t have the things he wants, it’ll be difficult for him.”

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously insisted the midfielder remains committed to the club he joined for £89million in 2016.

Pogba played the entire 90 minutes against Chelsea in the 4-0 Premier League win, but with the transfer window in Spain not closing until 2 September, there is still time for a deal to be struck.

“I can’t guarantee you that Paul will be at Man United. Until 2 September, anything can happen,” the older Pogba brother, who plays for Spanish fourth division side Manchego, continued.

“It’s not impossible for [Real president Florentino Perez] to sign Paul. Anything is possible.”

Asked which player Zidane is missing from his line-up, he said it was the World Cup winner, though did say he wasn’t worth £180m fee being mentioned.

Pogba’s brother is not the only member of his entourage to talk up a transfer.

Pogba had a very good game against Chelsea
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In July, the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, told talkSPORT he was hopeful of the player being granted his wish to leave.

“[Pogba] has done nothing wrong,” he said.

“He has been respectful and professional in every way and always.

“The club has known his feeling for a long time.

“It is a shame other people only like to criticise without the right information, and I am also sorry that the club does not take any position against this.

“Hopefully there will be soon a satisfying solution for all parties.”

Raiola engineered Pogba’s move to United in 2016 and will now help get him his transfer away