Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid still interested in Paul Pogba

by Leo Nieboer

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has said Paul Pogba is still on Real Madrid’s radar, if only for the fact they are always keeping an eye on the world’s best players.

The Spanish side reportedly pulled out of the race to sign the 23-year-old after Man United launched a £100m bid.

However, as a return to Old Trafford drawn closer over recent weeks, with various reports claiming that a deal between United and Juventus has been reached, Madrid have continued to lurk in the corner as a potential rival in the pursuit of Pogba’s signature.

In a press conference earlier this week, Zidane refused to rule out a potential move for Pogba this summer.

“I do not know, so far we are here (Columbus) working,” he said, when asked about the club’s stance on Pogba.

“Until August 31 anything can happen. He is not yet a Madrid player. We cannot talk about what will happen.

“The question is direct and I always say things. But now is not the time to talk about it. Everyone is interested in Pogba. He is a great player and when you’re with Madrid you always want the best.

“Now you have to respect some things, he is a Juve player, today I cannot say anything.”

It would be no surprise to see Madrid – a notoriously dangerous club to associate with during the transfer window – swooped in at the last second and stole Pogba from under the nose of United, such is their immense appeal and financial muscle.

That said, it has been reported that Madrid enquired about Pogba’s availability, only for Frenchman to turn them down, stating that’d he’d already promised United that his next destination would be Old Trafford.

And with Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, already in close contact with the club and reportedly in advanced negotiations over the player’s transfer, it seems that, despite Madrid’s refusal to disappear, United remain favourites to land the Frenchman’s signature.

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