Ian McGarry Claims Paul Pogba Was Offered to Real Madrid in Raphael Varane Talks

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Paul Pogba was reportedly offered to Real Madrid by Manchester United
Paul Pogba was reportedly offered to Real Madrid by Manchester United / FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

English football expert Ian McGarry has sensationally claimed that Manchester United offered Paul Pogba to Real Madrid as part of their negotiations for the transfer of Raphael Varane.

The Red Devils announced they had agreed a deal with Los Blancos for the transfer of Varane worth an initial £34m.

Varane is now awaiting his medicals before being unveiled as United's second big signing of the summer following Jadon Sancho.

McGarry, meanwhile, is certain Pogba came up in discussions with Real Madrid but the Spanish club turned down the chance to sign the French midfielder.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, McGarry said: "The Transfer Window Podcast has learned that during the conversations in Glasgow between representatives of Real Madrid and Manchester United with regards to Raphael Varane’s transfer, Pogba was offered as part of the deal in order to bring down the transfer fee or eliminate the transfer fee given it was €50m. 

"You’d have to expect Pogba’s value, with one year left on his contract, would be around that mark if not even maybe less. 

"It would depend how much Madrid valued trying to recruit the player…Even more interesting, Real Madrid said ‘no thanks’."

With their centre-back and right-wing issues now sorted, Manchester United are reportedly trying hard to sign a central-midfielder before wrapping up their transfer business for this summer.

They would also be in the hunt for an additional midfielder incase they end up parting ways with Pogba this summer.

The Red Devils finished runners-up by a mile in the Premier League last season. They also lost in the final of the Europa League against Villarreal.

Solskjaer's men will hope to fight for a trophy in the 2021-22 season with their Premier League season due to kick off on August 14 against traditional arch rivals Leeds United.