Paper Talk: Mega deal being prepped as Zidane makes Paul Pogba appeal

Real Madrid have decided their next move move over Paul Pogba after an appeal from Zinedine Zidane, while Celtic are hoping to land a Red Bull Salzburg defender, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.



Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid are preparing a last-gasp attempt to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.

Los Blancos have been chasing the World Cup winner all summer, but are yet to lodge a formal bid with United despite weeks of rumours and speculation.

However, there is a growing feeling in Spain that Real will make their move this weekend and the Daily Mirror, via Marca, claims a big-money approach is being prepared.

United are said to value Pogba at €200m (£180m), which is seen as too pricey by Real.

However, Zidane is thought to have convinced the club’s president Florentino Perez that signing his compatriot is key to their chances of trophy success this season with the LaLiga giants now ready to bid around €150m (£135.5m).

Whether that tempts United remains to be seen but Marca believes that knowing Zidane wants him so bad, could in turn force Pogba to think over his future at the club very carefully.


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