Real Madrid could offer Manchester United four big-name stars including Martin Odegaard in a desperate bid to land Paul Pogba.
Old Trafford maintain £89million record buy Pogba is not for sale but Real, also hit by the pandemic, feel a swap deal is an option.
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And on top of Odegaard, 21, those who could also be offered in part exchange are James Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez and ex-City midfielder Brahim Diaz.
But United sources say boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to pair Pogba with January arrival Bruno Fernandes — the duo training together for the first time yesterday.
The Spanish side’s intentions come as it was revealed United have taken out a £140m loan to get through the coronavirus crisis.
And it should go some way to ensuring Solskjaer can still bring in stars like Jadon Sancho when the transfer window re-opens.
United could raise further funds by selling Pogba to Real Madrid, who are also looking to save money by snubbing outright buy deals in favour of swaps.
United’s finances took a big dent after signing £85m Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes for an initial £46.6m.
Covid-19 has hit hard and the club opted to access almost all of a £150m credit facility they had with the Bank of America.
The cash should ensure United can withstand the impact but some of it can also be spent on signings.
Solskjaer wants Borussia Dortmund forward Sancho and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.
But chief Ed Woodward suggested the worst of the impact is yet to come.
United revealed revenues for the first three months of 2020 were down almost £30m — while net debt soared to £429.1m.
The first 18 days of lockdown cost them £23m, with Woodward insisting: “It will not be business as usual for some time.”
United sources say the loan will be used mainly to safeguard the club through this tough period.