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Real Madrid Face Competition In Pursuit Of Manchester United Star: What Will He Add To Zidane’s Side?

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According to a recent report by Calciomercato, Real Madrid will have to battle it out with Juventus, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain among several other clubs in pursuit of Manchester United midfield talisman Paul Pogba this summer. The same source has also stated that the Red Devils are open to the idea of cashing in on the French playmaker which could open the door for the player to seal a move to any of his potential suitors including Los Blancos during the summer transfer period.

Pogba’s Underwhelming Season At The Theatre Of Dreams

Pogba has come under a lot of criticism after experiencing a lacklustre spell under the stewardship of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far. He has only been involved in eight matches for the Mancunian outfit this term but has got two assists to show for his efforts across all competitions. The France international has earned a total of 610 minutes of playing time on the field as he has missed almost the entirety of this campaign due to a serious ankle injury.

Maybe a summer switch to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium could provide him with an ideal opportunity to make a fresh start by reigniting his old form at the highest level. Pogba’s injury absence has left a big hole in Solskjaer’s squad. However, the Norwegian head coach had done well to cope with his unavailability by successfully keeping his players in the top-four race this season before the football world came to an unexpected standstill because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 27-year-old is set to assume another vital role in Didier Deschamps’ midfield when he represents the French national side in next year’s UEFA European Championship finals. He has registered ten goals in 69 senior appearances for Les Bleus thus far, and so we can expect him to shine once again at the international level as long as he can stay injury-free over the next 12 months.

Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba strikes the ball as he takes a free-kick during the EFL (English Football League) Cup semi-final football match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on January 10, 2017. (OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

What Will The French Midfield Ace Add To Zinedine Zidane’s Team?

When Pogba is playing well on the field, he can be a menacing presence at the centre of the park. He is a technically gifted footballer and possesses the pace and the power to cause a lot of headaches for the opposition. The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner also has the vision to play a decisive ball in the final third and is also a lethal striker of the ball from long range as his shots pack a lot of power and accuracy. However, his recent ankle injury has raised some concerns over his long-term health. So it remains to be seen whether he will be able to maintain his high standards upon his return to action in the upcoming campaign.

Pogba will not only add some much-needed energy and power to the Madrid midfield but also enhance the overall quality of Zidane’s squad. Both Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are in the wrong side of their 30s while James Rodriguez is far too injury-prone and so Los Blancos can benefit from adding a player of Pogba’s skillset and attacking prowess before the start of the new campaign.

The Frenchman has all the attributes required to become a favourite among the Madrid supporters. Therefore, Zidane should do everything in his power to win the race for his services this summer. It is not every day that a player of Pogba’s quality becomes available in the transfer market. So if the reports of Man United’s willingness to sell the French playmaker are accurate, then it is a no-brainer for the La Liga giants to orchestrate a big-money move to lure him to the Bernabeu in this off-season.

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