By Adebayo Williams
Real Madrid have said that they are willing to rival Manchester United for Paul Pogba’s signature. The Juventus midfielder has been a subject of intense talks between United and the Italian champions. Reports from some quarters had said the France midfielder was close to joining the Old Trafford side but now Madrid coach Zinedine Zdane has said the club are also interested in the player. Goal reported earlier this month that United have an agreement in place to sign Pogba for €110m (£92m), which would make him the most expensive player of all time.
However, Zidane has revealed the France midfielder is still a target for Madrid and insists “anything can happen” regarding Pogba’s future from now unti the end of August.
“In this moment we are still working [on a move for Pogba], and I cannot say anything more,” the Madrid coach said.
“Until August 31 anything can happen, but today he is not a Real Madrid player and I cannot talk about what will happen.
“I always say how things are, but now is not the time to talk about this. A lot of clubs are interested in Pogba.
“Real Madrid always want the best players. But we owe Juventus respect, and I can’t say anything more out of respect.”
Madrid are in the United States ahead of their International Champions Cup clash with Paris Saint-Germain in Columbus. And Zidane also confirmed James Rodriguez, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric will not play, having only just joined up with the squad.