Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is reluctant to spend more than €50m to bring Paul Pogba to Spain, according to reports.
After an uncomfortable summer of speculation following the World Cup winner’s admission that he would like to leave United, the campaign could not have gone much worse for the 26-year-old.
Injured against Southampton at the end of August, Pogba was able to return in late September against Rochdale and Arsenal only for an ankle issue to lie him low ever since.
The France international this week finished up a period of rehabilitation in Miami, where the midfielder was seen playing basketball with Heat star Jimmy Butler without his ankle seemingly proving problematic.
That video naturally raised questions and a report in Spain even suggested the wantaway midfielder was fit and refusing to play for United, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently defended the former world record signing.
And reports are still rife that Real Madrid want to buy in the summer despite Marca describing ‘Operation Pogba’ as a ‘mission impossible’ on Wednesday.
And now Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) go with the headline ‘Fight for Pogba’ on Thursday with Zinedine Zidane still keen on signing Pogba.
Zidane is aware of Juventus’ interest and the Frenchman is keen to bring in the ‘leader’ ahead of the Serie A side.
It is understood that Pogba would prefer a move to Real Madrid despite new tax laws in Italy potentially giving Juve scope to offer him a pay rise.
However, Real president Perez ‘doesn’t want to pay more than €50m’ for the potential deal to bring Pogba to the Bernabeu.
The report adds that Perez doesn’t consider Pogba a priority but would consider a deal if it didn’t break the bank.