After months of speculation, reports in Spain claim that Real Madrid are now ‘unlikely’ to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United this summer.
Pogba has been strongly linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, with the 26-year-old openly admitting that he wants ‘a new challenge somewhere else‘ amid interest from the Spanish side.
Despite expressing his desire to leave Manchester United, and fears that he wouldn’t turn up for pre-season, Pogba has shown no indication that he will try to force a move, even being named Man of the Match in United’s 4-0 win over Leeds on Wednesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to keep the former Juventus star at the club, maintaining that he wants to build a side around the France international, with Madrid based publication Marca now reporting that a deal is ‘unlikely’ following United’s latest demand, a transfer fee of €200 million (£180m).
Zinedine Zidane’s side have already spent close to £300m this summer on the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic, and United’s demands are far in excess of what the La Liga side would be prepared to pay.
Zidane had made Pogba a key target as he looked to build a new-look midfield, though Real will now consider other options.
Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Ajax’s Donny van de Beek have been touted as potential alternatives to Pogba, though the club are currently prioritising sales to reduce their inflated squad, with the Spanish giants looking to offload the likes of James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale.