This offseason could have had a different outcome for Real Madrid, as Manchester United were reportedly ready to offload Paul Pogba if Los Blancos met their demands, which weren’t that big.
According to Don Balon, United told Real Madrid they could let the France international move to the Bernabeu for a deal that would see them disburse a fee of €80 million, plus one midfielder, German Toni Kroos.
Nevertheless, Madrid dismissed this offer, with Florentino Perez not keen on the idea, although Real and Pogba were heavily linked with each other throughout the whole summer.
Don Balon also claim that Kroos would have been willing to join the Red Devils, but not while they’re out of the Champions League. This situation hurt United several times during the summer, as some of their targets expressed their desire to play in the UCL, something they can’t provide this campaign.
Their only big-name signing this offseason was Harry Maguire, which took the team to put their attention on young players like Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.
Landing Kross would have been huge for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. The Germany international is a proven winner and has a lot of experience to lead the team back to the headlines. Among his titles, we can find three Champions League during his time in La Liga, as well as the treble at previous club Bayern Munich and a World Cup win with the German national team.
It remains unclear why Florentino Perez didn’t want this move to go through, but he will have another chance to land Pogba next summer, as long as the Frenchman doesn’t sign a new contract with Manchester.