Real Madrid put off Paul Pogba pursuit due to Juventus’ asking price – report

by Ben Topliss

Real Madrid may have been put off a move for rumoured Manchester United target Paul Pogba due to Juventus’ asking price, according to reports.

Juventus have been negotiating with Madrid over the transfer of Pogba in recent weeks but the Italian club are said to be demanding a world-record £95m fee for the Frenchman.

Madrid are reportedly reluctant to pay more for Pogba than they did for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

This may encourage Man United and Jose Mourinho, who tried to sign Pogba when he was at Chelsea.

United certainly have the funds to afford Pogba but it is an astronomical fee for a single player, particularly as the club had him on their books in 2012 only for him to leave following a disagreement with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Pogba is a world-class talent and his capture would send a real statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League but perhaps it would be wiser to focus attentions elsewhere as a move for him would be very difficult to pull off.

Valencia’s Andre Gomes and Sporting Lisbon’s Joao Mario are also said to be on Mourinho’s radar.

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