Real Madrid could miss out on Paul Pogba as Sky Sports claim Manchester United have opened talks over a world-record €116m return for the midfielder.
Madrid are believed to remain Pogba’s preferred destination, a claim corroborated by respected Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, but he also confessed United’s insistence on shelling out three digits for the Juventus star could see Los Blancos lose out.
“Pogba has made it very clear, to Real Madrid anyway, that he would like to be a Real Madrid player this summer,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“He has had conversations with Zinedine Zidane and he wants to play for Zidane.
“The problem is Real Madrid feel the kind of money that Manchester United is willing to pay for him is crazy and they cannot match it.
“[Pogba’s desire to join Real] doesn't stop his agent, Mino Raiola, from getting other kinds of agreements.
“It has been reported that Manchester United may have a personal agreement with Pogba and I fully believe that is the case, but it wouldn’t be the first time more than one personal agreement had been reached.
“In any case, while we're unsure as to Raiola's priorities, Pogba's is to go to Real Madrid.
“He might not get his wish because Real Madrid has let Mino Raiola know that they are not willing to match the valuation Juventus and him have determined of the player.
“We will have to wait a while to see how this pans out but one thing is certain, both Real Madrid and Manchester United want the player.”