Former Real Madrid chief Ramon Calderon has called the impending transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United risky.
Pogba had a medical with United today, ahead of an expected world-record transfer to Old Trafford.
Calderon, whose former employers currently hold the record when they signed Gareth Bale from Tottenham, compared the deal to Real’s £80m purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo from the Premier League club.
‘We will only know if this is a fair price in few years from now,’ the 65-year-old told Omnisport. ‘This is supply and demand law, as long as somebody is willing to pay, the seller club will be up for it.
‘When I paid 80 million for Cristiano people thought it was crazy and he was already Ballon D’Or [winner]. We thought which player we could possibly buy to reinforce a team that was already top-class.
‘Messi was impossible as he was playing at Barca… Cristiano wanted to come and I think it was a risk-free bet.’
Calderon added that he believed Real were priced out of a move for Pogba.
‘Pogba is still very young and has to prove himself in many ways,’ he continued.
‘As I said this is a matter of supply and demand, there’s a club willing to pay 120 million euros I think and Juventus won’t waste this chance to take that amount of money.
‘He’s a box-to-box player, strong, great dribbling, good pass… If we bear in mind how Real’s chairman usually do things and the fact Zidane wanted this player in his squad well, either Real don’t have money enough to pay or the player doesn’t want to go there and prefers Man United.’
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75