European giants Real Madrid and Juventus are set for a summer battle to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United.
Pogba recently said that after three years at United “it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.” This came after rumours that he wasn’t happy at United, despite having his best season on the pitch in terms of goal scoring.
This has alerted top clubs to his potential availability, and now bids may be incoming.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is known to be a big fan of his countryman. Zidane is rebuilding the Madrid side this summer -he has already signed several players, including Eden Hazard – and Pogba could be a good fit in the midfield.
Meanwhile Pogba made his name at Juventus and a return to Turin would appeal to him. Maurizio Sarri has just taken over there and knows him from his time in the Premier League. The opportunity to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo would also be a pull.
However, it will take a big money bid to get United to sell. At 27, Pogba is at the height of his career and United bosses will want to at least recoup the £89 million they paid Juventus for him three years ago. Previous reports have speculated on a fee of up to £120 million.
United could be willing to do business too. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could use the money to bring in other players – depending on whether he wants to build the squad around Pogba or not.
Any deal could be done quickly – Solskjaer has said he wants all transfer business wrapped up before the start of pre-season training.