United in pole position for Pogba after Real developments – report

Date published: Thursday 14th July 2016 8:25

Paul Pogba: Top United target

Manchester United are heading the race to sign Paul Pogba after Real Madrid reportedly withdrew their interest in the France star.

Pogba is believed to be Jose Mourinho’s top target at Old Trafford and United are believed to have made an approach for the Juventus dynamo, but Zinedine Zidane is also a big admirer of the player and it’s thought Pogba preferered a move to La Liga.

However, that option is not believed to be off the agenda after Zidane decided to keep hold of Alvaro Morata, whose sale proceeds would have gone towards the huge £100million-plus fee for Pogba,

The Daily Mail claim Real have decided not to sell Morata to Chelsea, in the first real knock-back of Antonio Conte’s transfer plans this summer.

The 23-year-old striker re-joined the Spanish giants this summer after they took advantage of a £23million buy0back option in the Spain international’s contract at Juventus. He was expected to be sold on for a hige profit as Madrid pushed ahead with plans to sign Pogba, but their decision to hold onto the striker now clears the way for United to sign the French midfielder.

The report says Morata’s agent Juanma Lopez has been informed that striker will have to fight for his place at the Bernabeu behind Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola yesterday in Marca claimed his client was interested in returning to United, but will only leave the club for a compelling “project”.

Raiola last week stressed that Pogba was not in a rush to leave Turin: “There is a lot of talk about Paul’s future, but maybe he will not leave Juventus,” he told The Times. “He is in no rush to leave, and Juventus do not want him to go. They want him to renew his contract.”

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