Updated: Jun 1
Real's players have already accepted one pay cut and are likely to face another
Paul Pogba transfer reports continues to make the headlines.
Real Madrid remain pessimistic about their chances of signing France international Paul Pogba this summer because the player's wages would create huge discontent in a dressing room that has already accepted one pay cut and is braced for another, according to the Daily Mail.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane remains a huge fan of his compatriot but the financial effects of LaLiga's lockdown, due to end on June 11 but with all remaining games played behind closed doors, is already being felt at the club.
And although a swap deal for midfielder Pogba involving multiple players would help Real Madrid trim their bloated squad – 36 players if all loanees return this summer – the 27-year-old's wages still remain a massive stumbling block.
Real Madrid's players announced a 10 per cent pay cut for the rest of the season in April and they will negotiate a further cut going into next year as Spanish football braces itself for €300m (£270m) losses.
Madrid fear serious dressing-room discontent if they ask players to make long-term sacrifices and then bring in Pogba on his £15m net wages per season at United - which works out at £290,000 per week.