Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will not sanction more than €50m to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
That is according to a report in El Mundo Deportivo and is despite Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insisting on his signature.
It follows a report in ESPN which highlighted how club president Perez and senior officials are not keen on a move for the Frenchman – whose valuation they view as excessive – and would prefer to pursue other midfield targets.
The emergence of Fede Valverde in Madrid’s side is said to be further dissuading the club, who would prefer a move for one of Christian Eriksen, Fabian Ruiz or Donny van de Beek – three other midfield options.
The central midfielder has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid with his compatriot Zidane said to be a big admirer of his ability.
The French international’s contract at Old Trafford expires in June 2021 and with less than two years remaining, it is now entering a critical stage.
Pogba could leave for free that summer or his transfer valuation could be significantly reduced next summer if a new agreement has still not been reached.
It could be that United decide to cash in on their star midfielder – and would reportedly be willing to sell for €150m – in order to generate reinvestment in other areas of their squad.