Toni Kroos’ new contract at Real Madrid could dent Real Madrid’s hopes of landing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
The German international had been one of the senior players tipped with an exit from the Bernabeu as Zinedine Zidane plots his major summer rebuild, however, the club have since extended the 29-year-old’s contract by a year.
Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, though Spanish outlet AS reckons that Kroos’ new deal will have ‘consequences for Operation Pogba’.
Zidane is believed to have told the club’s hierarchy that Pogba is the player he would like to build his new-look midfield around, although a deal for the 26-year-old looks to be the most difficult of the club’s reported targets.
Chelsea‘s Eden Hazard and Tottenham‘s Christian Eriksen remain on the Spanish giant’s radar, with deals for both seemingly easier and perhaps being prioritised as the duo enter the final year of their contracts.
Madrid have been active in the transfer market as they look to rebuild following a disappointing campaign, with deals reportedly agreed for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic and Porto defender Eder Militao.
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The Times are reporting that Solskjaer is set to offer Pogba a captaincy role at Man United as part of a plan to keep him at the club this summer.
Young is expected to be club captain but the vice captain will wear the armband a lot since Young won't play as much. pic.twitter.com/4XG49XVS39
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