Real Madrid allowed Martin Odegaard to return to Arsenal to fund a move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba next summer.
That’s according to ABC, who say Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola are set on getting the Frenchman to the Bernabeu.
The newspaper explains that Pogba wants to leave Manchester United on a free transfer next summer when his current contract comes to an end.
If that is to happen, he will be able to demand big figures when it comes to salary and signing on bonuses, so Madrid have planned ahead.
According to their information, the Spanish giants decided to sell Odegaard to Arsenal this summer because they are ‘counting on’ signing Pogba as a ‘quiet replacement’ for Luka Modric.
Moving to Madrid is a ‘historic dream’ for Pogba, while Raiola has always wanted to be part of a major operation with the club as well. This is now their ‘definitive opportunity’ to do so, and there is a belief it is ‘now or never’ to make it happen.
While Manchester United have offered him a multi-year contract and PSG are willing to make him a ‘millionaire’ if he joins on a free, it’s stated Pogba isn’t listening and wants to go to La Liga.
Raiola agrees with him and, despite disagreements with Florentino Pérez in the past, is willing to negotiate ‘for free or at low prices’.
Madrid are said to be ‘fighting’ against the state-clubs and Premier League and have a strategy to bring in free agents such as Pogba and Kylian Mbappé.
That is why they have sanctioned sales this summer, with Odegaard going to Arsenal and Raphael Varane moving to Old Trafford.
Those sales, coupled with the departures of Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo, will give them the financial leeway to bring in Mbappé and Pogba.