Real Madrid have tabled a bid of £145million to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba, according to reports in Spain.
The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu after admitting that he was looking for a ‘new challenge’ earlier this summer.
There has been a split between Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane about signing Pogba, but the 7-3 thrashing in New York by Atletico Madrid last week set off panic buttons at the Bernabéu and the response has been to give Zidane what he wants. And that is Pogba.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Real are keen to wrap up a deal for the Frenchman with just 10 days left to do so. The English window closes on August 8 and while Spanish teams can buy up until the end of the month, United are unlikely to sell when they have no option to bring in a replacement.
Juventus are also keen on reuniting with the World Cup-winning midfielder and could involve forward Paulo Dybala in a player-plus-cash deal.
However, other Spanish news outlets are confident the move with Real will go ahead due to United’s interest in potential replacements.
If Madrid can sign Pogba, then the question becomes where does he fit into the lineup? Santiago Solari spoke about this last week when he was commenting on the Madrid derby for ESPN.
Solari was asked about Modric and Kroos’ poor form last season and said: “when they are fit, they are the best (including Casemiro), although the through is the aren’t getting any younger. It’s normal that the club are thinking about other players.”
“As a manager, I understand that it is all speculation. I don’t know who is the best option for Real Madrid at this moment,” he said.
“Yes, it’s true that if Pogba or another player of his quality comes to Madrid, it would be real competition in the middle of the field and one of the biggest names would have to sit on the bench,” he continued.
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