Real Madrid aren’t giving up on Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, with reports the Spanish side have offered Man Utd €80m (£72m) plus their choice of Gareth Bale or Isco for the Frenchman.
Zinedine Zidane will continue the pursuit for his country man, despite Manchester United making it clear, they have no intention of parting with the record signing.
Manchester United head to Australia on Sunday for friendlies in Perth followed by matches in Singapore and China.
Paul Pogba is yet to report back for pre-season training, with reports claiming the world cup winner will attempt to force a move by refusing to go on tour. At some point, it was rumoured that the midfielder will table a transfer request upon his return from summer vacation.
However, Manchester United have quickly backed Paul, saying the midfielder was given extra time off, and is expected to join up with the rest of the squad on Friday, in readiness to travel on Sunday.
Real Madrid and Zidane are seriously pushing for a summer deal, and so are Serie A champions Juventus – who are apparently interested in sealing a return for Paul.
Like the Los Blancos, Juventus had reportedly offered €70m (£62.8m) plus Paulo Dybala, Alex Sandro or Blaise Matuidi, but United have maintained their stand and turned down the offer.
Apparently, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t want Paul Pogba leaving the club, as the midfielder is a huge and Integral part of his plan for next season. The Norwegian would welcome the idea of rebuilding around such a talent, and has no intention of seeking a replacement this summer, as it would disrupt his plan and the team.
Both Juventus and Real Madrid are expected to return with a more improved offer, although Madrid seem to have the upper hand, as Pogba fancies a move to the Bernabau over a return to the Allianz Stadium.
Should Paul Pogba fail to return in time for Sunday’s flight to Australia, then talks to sell the midfielder would surely escalate, and Ole would have failed in his bid to keep the club record signing at Old Trafford.