Real Madrid are plotting big transfers in the summer, but one of their choices could hamper the club and its structure going forward.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is leading his charges to the La Liga title. Their next test is against Deportivo Alaves, who they must beat to keep the four point gap on Barcelona. With that said, the manager is hoping for another squad revamp in the summer despite the club, like many others, suffering from a financial depression.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is once again linked with a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Last year, there was widespread talk about the Frenchman potentially signing up with the Whites, but lucrative spending on the likes of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy made the deal wait for at least another year.
As such, it was a blessing in disguise, but if reports from the Mirror are true about the Frenchman pushing for his compatriot’s signing then the long-term impacts on the club are being ignored. First, Pogba’s unprofessional and uninspiring conduct has to be taken into account. With a crop of younger players in the squad, Madrid simply cannot afford to have a player who spoils the atmosphere of the dressing room in their roster.
Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes and Ferland Mendy are among those who have shown great commitment towards working at footballing goals, but they may be influenced into a slack lifestyle should Pogba start hobnobbing around them. At this point in time, the Whites don’t have a single player who creates a mess in the dressing room and welcoming the United midfielder could change that within a trice.
Turning to the broader goals, developing Federico Valverde and Martin Odegaard should be a greater priority. The Uruguayan has been phenomenal for the Merengues this season and is tipped to take over from Luka Modric, while the Norway international has impressed on his loan with Real Sociedad. The young midfielders are both six years younger than the World Cup winner and certainly the club’s future.
Paul Pogba arriving at the club would not only see him take up a massive wage, but even a spot belonging to Odegaard or Valverde could get occupied by an indispensable player who isn’t a future promise. Federico Valverde is a box-to-box midfielder which Real Madrid have missed since Xabi Alonso’s departure and his creativity and quality has to be valued.
Martin Odegaard on the other hand is perhaps going to outfox Pogba’s career on the club level. He certainly doesn’t play for a national team which dominates continentally, but for Sociedad his statistics are incredible. He has seven goals and eight assists in La Liga and even better gameplay without numbers coming into the picture.
Sure, Zidane is a club legend and a massive figure but not all of his demands need to be fulfilled by the board of directors. The objectives at a club like Real Madrid are always broad and so should they be. Los Blancos signing Kylian Mbappe for their boss is an inevitability and only a matter of time, but the Pogba operation must be scrapped once and for all.