Real hold all the cards, and they are further advantageous in the fact Pogba has also previously expressed a desire to one day play for the club.
In a press conference while on international duty in October 2020, Pogba said a move to Real Madrid is “a dream for me”.
“All football players would love to play for Real Madrid. It is a dream for me, why not one day,” Pogba said to Sky Sports.
Real Madrid’s early reluctance to spend money during the summer window was curious, considering they had lost the likes of Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Martin Odegaard and Brahim Diaz this summer.
While all of Europe’s big clubs were busy haggling over prices and launching charm offensives for the footballing world’s biggest stars, Real Madrid were strangely quiet, only signing David Alaba from Bayern Munich on a free transfer.