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Real Madrid ‘to offer Man Utd James Rodriguez, Mariano Diaz plus £73m for Paul Pogba in January transfer window’

REAL MADRID are reportedly set to offer £73million plus misfits James Rodriguez and Mariano Diaz in exchange for Paul Pogba.

The Mirror claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have a big decision to make this January as Real finally look to secure the services of World Cup winner Pogba.

The midfielder has been limited to just five Premier League games this season after picking up an ankle injury in September.

United are expecting him back in training in a week’s time.

But it’s been sensationally claimed that Pogba is refusing to play for the Red Devils.

He is apparently desperate to link up with compatriot Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu.

While there is also said to be interest from former club Juventus.

However, it’s Real who are now reportedly preparing a huge bid for the Frenchman’s services this winter.

Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is believed to be preparing a £73m cash offer for Pogba, way below the £89m fee which took him back to United from Juventus in 2016.

However, Real are also said to be including two players in the deal which could swing the bid in their favour.

Playmaker James Rodriguez has long been linked with a Premier League switch.

He has featured just nine times this season after returning from a two-year loan at Bayern Munich.

And Solskjaer may feel his United side are in need of the Colombian’s trickery in the final third.

Meanwhile, it’s also said that former Lyon striker Mariano could also be involved in the deal.

He was a Real Madrid academy graduate before joining Lyon in 2017, where he bagged 21 goals in just 48 appearances before sealing a return to Spain a year later.

However, Mariano managed just three goals last season and hasn’t even played once this campaign.

United are short on firepower after letting Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both join Inter Milan.

And Mariano could prove to be good cover for Marcus Rashford, who currently has nobody except youngster Mason Greenwood to challenge him for a place in the starting XI.

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