Thursday 18 July 2019

Paul Pogba 'talking' to Real Madrid and two other clubs about possible switch from Juve

Paul Pogba is a transfer target for Manchester United
Paul Pogba is a transfer target for Manchester United

Samuel Stevens

Paul Pogba’s agent has confirmed the Juventus midfielder has opened talks with Real Madrid about a prospective world-record transfer to the Santiago Bernabéu.

The 23-year-old has sparkled for the Old Lady since leaving Manchester United on a free transfer in 2012 and is currently representing France at the European Championship.

Despite being subject to interest from United, Chelsea and Manchester City, Mino Raiola, the super-agent at the heart of a host of transfers this summer, says Madrid appears the most likely destination this summer.

The Independent understands United are the leading English club in the race to secure the Frenchman’s services but, speaking to Marca, Raiola has revealed it is Madrid who have shown their hand first.

He said: “We are talking [with Real] but nothing is decided. [Madrid coach] Zinedine Zidane's wish is important. The club's wish is important. We are in the initial phase. It's not a negotiation. Both sides know what it wants and we shall see if we complete a deal or it ends in divorce.

“Paul dreams of winning the Ballon d'Or...Real Madrid is a fantastic club to achieve that. He admires Zidane. He has always told me that. This is going to be very important in his decision.

“However, he needs to choose a project, not a coach, as coaches come and go. Pogba's interest is not in being the most expensive signing and neither is it mine.

“The aim is for him to join the best sporting project and win as many titles as possible. We are talking with three teams and Paul likes the sporting projects of some of those.”

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