Zinedine Zidane’s return to the Bernabeu as manager has sparked a host of speculation surrounding Real’s summer transfer activity.
An overhaul is anticipated given the squad is ageing and has endured a torrid campaign off the back of Zidane’s initial departure and Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus.
Reinforcements are being lined up, and Real are looking at who is obtainable.
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard could yet be lured to Madrid where he would now work with hero Zidane.
And crucially, compared to dream target Kylian Mbappe, the Belgian would be seen as far more affordable.
Budgeting for new recruits will be an issue for Real, and Pogba is another on their agenda to strengthen the midfield.
His huge rise in form at Old Trafford has come off the back of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival and Jose Mourinho’s sacking, showing how the World Cup winner can be utilised with the right man-management.
The rumours surrounding a potential move to Real for Pogba come as:
“Signing Pogba is one deal that could be achievable if Real offload their highest earner”
According to Spanish newspaper AS, signing Pogba is one deal that could be achievable if Real offload their highest earner.
Bale, 29, never really saw eye-to-eye with Zidane during his first stint in charge, and his future is now in serious doubt in Spain.
The former Tottenham superstar is said to currently earn a basic salary of £12m annually, with captain Sergio Ramos the next highest at £9.5m.
It is said none of Pogba, Hazard or even PSG sensation Mbappe are likely to cost any extra than Bale’s current wages per year.
Bale, who has endured a host of injury issues during his career in Madrid, is no longer seen as an important asset to Real.
The report subsequently suggests there is a possibility Pogba and Bale could swap clubs ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
If this were to happen, United would certainly command a substantial fee too, given the market value of 26-year-old World Cup winner Pogba would be far higher.
Bale’s value is said to have decreased to as little £60m, but his wages make him affordable to only a handful of Europe’s top clubs.
Other reports in Spain this week have also claimed Pogba wants to quit Old Trafford to seal a move to Real where he would work under compatriot Zidane, and he did admit too it would be any player’s “dream”.