Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has refused to rule out hijacking Manchester United’s world record bid for Paul Pogba, reports Daily Mail.
United have raised their offer for Pogba to £92million after having a £86m bid for the France midfielder rejected by Juventus. They are also understood to have agreed personal terms in excess of £200,000-a-week.
But Pogba, who left United for nothing in 2012 after seven first-team appearances, is thought to favour a move to Madrid over returning to Old Trafford, and Zidane confirmed Real’s interest on their pre-season tour of the United States.
‘In this moment we are still working [on a move for Pogba], and I cannot say anything more,’ the Real 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.’
According to Daily Mail, a row over who pays agent Mino Raiola’s fee is currently holding up Pogba’s move to United.
Juventus have slapped a huge £110m price tag on their player, and are not willing to compensate Raiola for brokering the deal.
That may well leave United with the daunting prospect of having to shell out the full £110m for the 23-year-old France midfielder – with Raiola’s percentage on top.
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