Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has had his say on why Paul Pogba is heading back to Manchester United rather than the Bernabeu.
The 23-year-old midfielder is close to completing his world-record switch to Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho all-but confirming the Frenchman will be the final part of his jigsaw this summer.
Calderon was asked by Spanish media about his thoughts on the long-running transfer saga which did see Real Madrid emerge as strong contenders to sign him at one stage.
“It looks like he will end up at Manchester United,” Calderon told reporters.
“If we bear in mind how Real’s president usually does things and the fact Zinedine Zidane wanted this player in his squad – well, either Real don’t have enough money to pay or the player doesn’t want to go there and prefers United.
“I have had that experience both ways, with Cristiano Ronaldo wanting in and Robinho out. There comes a time that such players are so demanded [they] can choose where they want to play between the clubs that can pay for them.
He added: “Pogba is an extraordinary footballer, outstanding – as all the footballing world thinks too. He’s a box-to-box player – strong, great dribbling, good passing.
“We will only know if this is a fair price in few years from now. This is supply-and-demand law: as long as somebody is willing to pay, the selling club will be up for it.”