Real Madrid to ‘offer Man Utd £42m-plus-player’ for Paul Pogba transfer

Real Madrid are ready to hand Manchester United £42million plus Vinicius Junior in a bid to lure Paul Pogba to the Bernabeu.

Real have been long term suitors of Pogba, having spent the summer chasing the midfielder on for the Red Devils to make it clear they had no plans to sell their prized possession.

Zinedine Zidane is a huge admirer of compatriot Pogba, which is reciprocated, and has reportedly regularly pushed his board at Real to make a transfer.

Pogba has seen his game time at United limited this season by an ankle injury, with the Frenchman only managing six appearances before suffering the damage.

He had been expected to make his comeback against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on Wednesday night but that has been delayed.

And, according to El Desmarque, Los Blancos are planning to up the ante when the January transfer window opens by offering cash and a players in exchange for Pogba.

That player would seemingly be out of favour Brazilian winger Vinicius.

Although, United are said to want at least double the cash as well as Vinicius for Pogba – which is unlikely to be appetising to Real.

Formerly highly rated Vinicius, who suffered a knee injury at the end of last season, has only featured in 11 matches this year – and has only yielded a single goal.

The 19-year-old moved to Spain from Flamengo in 2018 and has scored five times in 42 appearances.

Meanwhile, former United keeper Mark Bosnich has urged the club to sell Paul Pogba in January as speculation continues to surround the midfielder’s future.

“It doesn’t sound good,” Bosnich said. “It sounds exactly like he’s trying to force a move. If that’s the case, Manchester United should make their minds up immediately.

“Regardless of the player you are on a world standing, you can ill afford to be spending four or five months on the bench. But if that is the case, there’s no use other than to turn around and say, ‘OK, we’re going to get the best price for you’.

“And I wouldn’t be selling him for any less than he’s worth.”

Reports By Alex Smith / Mirror