Real Madrid to offer four players for Paul Pogba
La Liga giants Real Madrid are set to offer Manchester United four big-name stars including Martin Odegaard in a desperate bid to land their midfield target Paul Pogba.
Old Trafford maintain that their £89 million club record buy Pogba is not for sale but Real Madrid, also hit financially by the pandemic, feel a swap deal is an option and are making it as lucrative as they can.
And the players who could all be offered in part exchange are Martin Odegaard, James Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez and former Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz.
However, it is claimed in England that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will reject any advance for the 27-year-old midfield superstar.
The Norwegian reportedly wants to pair up Pogba with January arrival Bruno Fernandes the duo training together for the first time earlier this week.
The Spanish side's intentions come as it was revealed that Manchester United have taken out a £140 m loan to get through the coronavirus crisis.
And it should go some way to ensuring Solskjaer can still bring in stars like Jadon Sancho when the transfer window re-opens.
The Red Devils could raise further funds by selling Pogba to Real Madrid, who are also looking to save money by snubbing outright buy deals in favour of swaps.
The club's finances took a big dent after signing £85m Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes for an initial £46.6m.
Covid-19 has hit hard and the club opted to access almost all of a £150m credit facility they had with the Bank of America.
The cash should ensure United can withstand the impact but some of it can also be spent on big signings like Sancho.
Solskjaer wants Borussia Dortmund forward Sancho and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish while also been linked with players like Jude Bellingham, Kai Havertz and many more.
However, the club chief Ed Woodward suggested the worst of the impact is yet to come.
The Red Devils revealed that revenues for the first three months of 2020 were down almost £30m while net debt soared to £429.1m.
The first 18 days of lockdown cost them £23m, with Woodward insisting: “It will not be business as usual for some time.”
United sources say the loan will be used mainly to safeguard the club through this tough period.
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