One of the most poignant images from Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield on Sunday, a result which leaves them out of the running for a Champions League spot, was that of Paul Pogba covering his head with his shirt.
Failing to finish in the top four will be a monumental failure for the Red Devils, a failure which brings their French star even closer to a Real Madrid switch this summer.Aside from the prospect of not competing in the Champions League next season, Pogba will also see himself significantly out of pocket should he remain at Old Trafford. As reported by the British press last month, Pogba and several other stars at the club have a condition in their contracts which stipulates that their salary be cut 25 percent if they do not qualify for European club football’s premier competition.
Furthermore, ESPN last week cited sources that said that Pogba’s team mates expected him to push for a summer transfer if United didn’t qualify for the Champions League.
While Zinedine Zidane played down talk that Madrid would sign Pogba on Saturday, the club’s move to sign the French World Cup winner is understood to be already underway.
The club know it will have to break the bank to bring in all the players it wants this summer and they plan to spend 540 million in order to do so. A large portion of that spend will go on signing Pogba, who is valued at 150 million euros.