PAUL ME CLOSER – Paul Pogba’s transfer to Real Madrid ‘practically done’ as Man Utd star ‘agrees to pay cut to force Old Trafford exit’ [The Sun]

PAUL POGBA will take a pay cut to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid, according to one Spanish journalist who views the deal as “practically done”.

A wage drop of around £3 million per year is said to be part of the £150m deal to take the Frenchman to the La Liga giants

With Eden Hazard set to be Real’s first marquee signing of the summer, it is claimed Pogba will follow the Belgian in a move pushed by shirt sponsors Adidas.

In his weekly segment on Spanish football show ‘El Chiringuito de Jugones’, veteran journalist Eduardo Inda claimed: “Pogba is practically done.

“The first to sign will be Hazard and the next will be Pogba.

“He has agreed to reduce his Manchester United salary: from £13m net per year to £10m.

“Adidas is pushing a lot because he is one of the brand’s two major players.

“I think we are talking about [a fee] between £137m and £150m.”

Sun Sport revealed earlier this month that United want to keep the midfielder despite another inconsistent season at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may well be happy to see him leave but Red Devils chiefs will demand he hands in a transfer request to lessen the PR blow of letting their record signing go.

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