REAL MADRID could offer Manchester United four renowned stars including Martin Odegaard in a desperate attempt to land Paul Pogba.
Old Trafford maintains a record 89 million pounds. Pogba is not for sale, but Real, also affected by the pandemic, believes that a swap agreement is an option.
And in addition to Odegaard, 21, those who may also be offered in exchange are James Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez and former city midfielder Brahim Diaz.
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But United sources say boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to pair Pogba with January arrival Bruno Fernandes – the duo training together for the first time yesterday.
The Spanish side’s intentions come to light when it was revealed that United had taken out a £ 140 million loan to overcome the coronavirus crisis.
And that should help ensure that Solskjaer can still attract stars like Jadon Sancho when the transfer window reopens.
United could raise additional funds by selling Pogba to Real Madrid, which is also looking to save money by snubbing purchase agreements in favor of swaps.
United’s finances have taken a big dent after signing £ 85 million for Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes for an initial £ 46.6 million.
Covid-19 hit hard and the club chose to access almost all of the £ 150 million credit facility it had with the Bank of America.
The money should guarantee that United can withstand the impact, but some can also be spent on signatures.
Solskjaer wants Borussia Dortmund Sancho striker and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.
But chief Ed Woodward hinted that the worst effect was yet to come.
United revealed that revenues in the first three months of 2020 were down almost £ 30 million, while net debt climbed to £ 429.1 million.
The first 18 days of foreclosure cost them £ 23 million, with Woodward insisting, “It won’t be as usual for a while. “
According to united sources, the loan will mainly be used to protect the club during this difficult time.