Real Madrid’s hopes of signing Neymar now look to be out of the window with the Brazilian superstar keen on a move to Barcelona. As a result, president Florentino Perez has switched his eyes towards Manchester United’s Paul Pogba in a bid to add more Galacticos to the likes of Eden Hazard.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Spanish club are reportedly ready to make a £72 million offer for the Frenchman. This cash offer will be along with a player like Isco or Gareth Bale. The latter is especially deemed surplus to requirements ever since Zinedine Zidane returned as the manager. So far, Madrid have been unable to find a potential suitor for the Welshman and one of the few ways left for the club to get rid of the 30-year-old is by making him part of a swap deal.

Madrid were initially ready to pay around £134 million for Pogba, but the failure to sell Bale means that the Los Blancos are ready to use the player in a makeshift deal.

Pogba has made it no secret of his desire to leave Manchester United this summer. Despite coming on the back of his best club season in his career, Pogba is determined to leave Old Trafford and the large turmoil that has surrounded the club ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left in the summer of 2013. United have never been able to dominate domestic or European football in the last six years. At 26, Pogba is in the best days of his career and he wants to be at a club that challenges for domestic and Champions League titles.

It appears that Madrid will be making a move for Pogba using the same kind of tactics that have been so successful for the club over the last decade. Madrid will make an official offer for the player only after he hands a transfer request. Apart from alienating the player from the club, a transfer request will also increase the hated from the fans towards a player. This tactic was hugely successful in capturing several players over the years.

Pogba has made his opinion clear directly and through his agent. An official transfer request is unlikely to change things, but it will push United into selling the player for a little longer than his market value. Pogba made the switch to United in 2016 for a then-world record fee of £90 million. The inflated transfer market in recent years means that Pogba could cost in excess of £140 million in today’s market. The midfielder has two years left on his contract and United face the risk of selling him for lower than his market value next summer.

United missed out on Champions League for the forthcoming campaign after only finishing sixth in the standings. The club have also been unable to make a lot of inroads in the market with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer largely targeting young English players rather than established names. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has just arrived for £50 million with the United showing interest in Harry Maguire from Leicester City.