Reports have emerged that Paul Pogba will be forced to take a pay cut if he leaves Manchester United for Real Madrid this summer.
Both the France international and Zinedine Zidane have spoken recently about the prospect of the midfielder moving to the Spanish capital, but United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he expects the £89 million signing from Juventus to be a part of his squad next season.
The 26-year-old is said to be disillusioned with life in Manchester and has told several teammates that he is hopeful of a change of club, with the outgoing European champions alerted over the situation.
However, according to ESPN FC, the La Liga giants are not prepared to match his £290,000-a-week Old Trafford wages.
The contract offer to the star by Madrid may be dependent on the futures of several of their first-team players this summer, most notably Gareth Bale, Football Espana claims.
He is said by Diario AS to be keen to complete the deal as soon as possible so that the deal does not become a saga, as his move to United from Juve in 2016 became.
ESPN FC, meanwhile, adds that some of Pogba’s club teammates expect him to push for a move this summer if United fail to qualify for the Champions League — an outcome which is now increasingly likely following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford which has left United three points adrift of the top four with only two games left to play.
United’s determination to keep Pogba, rooted as much in the player’s commercial value as his contribution to the team, may yet prompt the club to discuss a new contract with his advisors in an effort to put an end to Madrid’s efforts.