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Report: Zidane and Perez ‘at loggerheads’ over Pogba/Eriksen transfers

Zinedine Zidane is ‘at loggerheads’ with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez over the signing of Paul Pogba.

Zidane is desperate to sign the Manchester United midfielder as he looks to rebuild his squad this summer, though president Perez is reportedly keen to pursue a deal for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen instead.

Having walked away from the manager’s job last summer, Zidane returned to the club just nine months later to replace Santiago Solari, with reported guarantees he would have greater control regarding signings and the running of the club.

According to the Mirror, Zidane’s desire to sign compatriot Pogba is already causing friction between the Frenchman and the Madrid hierarchy.

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The Madrid manager believes the 26-year-old is the player to build his midfield round, with Pogba having admitted that a move to the Bernabeu is ‘a dream for any player’.

Perez, however, believes a move for Spurs star Eriksen is a better option, with the Dane entering the final year of his contract in North London.

Securing Pogba would likely cost the club in the region of £160m, with Perez believing Spurs will part with Eriksen for a cut-price fee, rather than risk losing the 27-year-old for nothing in 2020.

Madrid’s summer rebuild began this week with the £52.4m signing of Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic. The 21-year-old has shone for the German side this season, scoring 27 goals in all competitions and has signed a five-year-deal.