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Update On Real Madrid’s Pursuit Of This France International: Did Los Blancos Make The Right Call?

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In a recent report, AS has provided an update on Real Madrid’s pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. The Spanish news outlet has reported that Los Blancos are set to end their interest in the French playmaker as Florentino Pérez has expressed concerns over his high wage demands. It is believed that the La Liga giants will not target Pogba this summer and could opt for a younger and cheaper alternative in Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga (via AS).

Pogba’s Injury-Ridden Spell At Old Trafford This Season

The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has experienced a frustrating season at the Theatre of Dreams after hardly featuring for the Mancunian club because of a serious ankle injury. He has only been involved in eight matches for the Red Devils this term, grabbing two assists across all fronts. The French powerhouse has earned a total of 610 minutes of game time during this campaign and is still waiting to make a full comeback from his latest ankle injury.

However, with his contract at Old Trafford set to run out in the summer of 2021, this upcoming summer transfer window will be an ideal opportunity for him to make a career change so that he can make a fresh start and rediscover his old form at the highest level. Pogba was nearing a return from his ankle problem before the football world came to an abrupt halt as a result of the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

The 27-year-old will once again be expected to assume another vital role in Didier Deschamps’ French national team when the UEFA European Championship finals get underway at the end of next season. He has a decent goal-scoring record for his nation after netting ten goals in 69 senior appearances for Les Bleus thus far. As long as Pogba can show a clean bill of health and avoid getting injured over the next 12 months, he will be confident about making a significant impact at the international stage.

Update on Real Madrid's pursuit of Paul Pogba who is seen in the picture
Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba gives a press conference after a gala football match between All Star France and Guinea at the Vallee du Cher Stadium in Tours, central France, on December 29, 2019, as part of the “48h for Guinea” charity event. (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP via Getty Images)

What Does The France International Offer On The Field?

When Pogba is firing on all cylinders on the pitch, he can be a devastating presence at the centre of the park as he possesses the pace and the power to create a lot of problems for the opposition defenders. The Frenchman is a technically-gifted footballer who has the vision to orchestrate some decent goal-scoring openings for his teammates in the final third. He is also a capable striker of the ball from long range and usually packs a lot of power and precision with his shot attempts. However, frequent injuries have taken a toll on his body in recent years, so the jury is still out on whether Pogba can perform at a high level when he eventually makes a full comeback from his recent ankle injury.

Are Los Blancos Making The Right Call By Ending Their Interest In Pogba?

If Zinedine Zidane can find a way to land Camavinga this summer, then it makes sense for the Spanish outfit to pull the plug on a move for Pogba. However, if they fail to recruit the Rennes youngster, then Florentino Perez will be better of swallowing his pride and meeting the Man United midfield ace’s high wage demands. The French midfield maestro is a generational talent who will not only bolster the quality of Zidane’s first-team significantly but also instil a winning mentality in the Madrid dressing room.

Despite struggling with injuries of late, Pogba still has a lot to offer on the field and will serve as a more immediate solution to Zidane’s midfield problems. However, if the Madrid boss is planning to build for the long-run, then he is making the right call by opting to sign a younger and cheaper alternative to Pogba this summer.

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