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Real Madrid and Juventus set for bidding war to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba

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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.

Juventus plan audacious swap deal for Manchester United star Paul Pogba

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Italian champions Juventus are planning to offer Manchester United striker Paulo Dybala and left-back Alex Sandro in exchange for midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports.

Pogba had a frustrating season at United last season, only hitting top form for part of the season. It is believed he now wants to quit the Red Devils – again – this summer.

It is also thought that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to listen to offers for the French international as the rebuilds the side in his own image.

And Juventus could have a very tempting offer, according to the Sunday Express. The newspaper reports that Juventus are willing to offer Dybala and Alex Sandro in exchange for Pogba.

Juventus favour a player-plus-cash deal as they would struggle to meet United’s £120 million valuation of him in straight cash.

Dybala has been linked with United for quite some time. The Argentine was in and out of the Juve side last season as he struggled after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Meanwhile Alex Sandro has been coveted by other Premier League clubs and has a reputation as one of the best left-backs in Europe.

United could be tempted by the deal as Dybala could be a direct replacement for Romelu Lukaku. Solskjaer is also said to be open to offers for the Belgian, who was in and out of the United side last season.

Real Madrid and Juventus set for fight to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba

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European giants Real Madrid and Juventus are both set to try and tempt Paul Pogba away from Manchester United this summer, according to reports. 

Speculation about the future of midfielder Pogba has intensified again in recent weeks again with reports of him not being happy under Reds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The France international had had very public fallings out with previous boss Jose Mourinho and had been expected to leave in the summer. But this had changed when Solskjaer arrived along with an upturn in form. However, as United and Pogba’s form has dipped, speculation has increased.

Spanish newspaper AS has gone so far as saying that Pogba has agreed terms with Madrid already.

Los Blancos manger Zinedine Zidane is known to be a fan of the 26-year-old and would be the sort of marquee signing he is looking for as he overhauls his squad this summer.

However, Pogba’s former club, Juventus, are also thought to be keen on re-signing him, according to The Observer. Indeed, they report Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has met with Juve officials.

It is thought United will demand £112 million for a player they signed for £89 million back in summer 2016. If Juventus are to fund that, they may have to sell players first.

Whether Pogba stays could largely depend on if Manchester United quality for next season’s Champions League. They currently sit 6th, 3 points behind Chelsea in 4th with 2 matches remaining.

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.

Manchester United and Bayern Munich set for battle to sign Gareth Bale

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Gareth Bale seems set to leave Real Madrid this summer and Manchester United and Bayern Munich are at the head of the queue to sign him. 

Real manager Zinedine Zidane is planning a major overhaul of the squad in the summer, with several players set to be shipped out, including Bale, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

AS reported a meeting between Real and Bale’s representatives where it was said that Bale could choose his next club, as long as the bids were roughly equivalent.

Bale, 29, has had a fractious relationship with the Real fans recently and it is thought that the club’s top brass have become frustrated with his recent injury record.

During his time in Madrid, Bale has scored 102 goals in 227 appearances. Among other trophies he has won three Champions League trophies.

Manchester United have long been linked with the Welsh international and could come in for him again. However, new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signalled that his transfer policy will focus on younger players this summer, so it remains to be seen.

Any deal could also hinge on whether Madrid make a move for Paul Pogba. This rumour has again resurfaced today and he would be the sort of target Zidane would be looming for.

Bayern Munich are also planning a major squad overhaul and Bale would be the sort of marquee signing they are looking for to replace the likes of Arjen Robben.

Munich could also afford Bale’s wages, which is something that could put other potential suitors off signing him.