Real Madrid told they will have to pay £130 million to land Paul Pogba from Manchester United

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Manchester United bosses have said that star midfielder Paul Pogba will not be allowed to leave Old Trafford for less than £130 million (€150 million) amid continuing interest from Real Madrid, according to reports.

Spanish newspaper Marca report Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola being told this, with United wanting to keep hold of the French international.

Madrid have been linked with Pogba, 26, for some time, and this speculation has increased since his countryman Zinedine Zidane came back to the Bernabeau as manager. Zidane is known to be a fan of Pogba and he would fit as a marquee signing as it is expected that there will be major changes to the Madrid squad over the summer.

However, United want to keep hold of Pogba. While his relationship had seemingly broken down with previous manager Jose Mourinho, he has hit top form under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is thought to be happy in Manchester. That said, he is thought to like the idea of playing for Zidane.

In addition, whether or not United qualify for next year’s Champions League could have a bearing on Pogba’s thinking – the club are locked in a 4-way battle with Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal for the final two spots.

Madrid however are believed to be planning other targets if it is decided that £130 million is too much for the player, or if United reject all offers for him.