Real Madrid are hoping to get the edge in the fierce transfer battle for Manchester United target Paul Pogba, and have used Zinedine Zidane in the hope of swaying the Juventus star’s mind.
According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport, relaying information from France Football, the Real Madrid legend phoned his young compatriot in order to help him make the decision over the future, and there’s no prizes for guessing where he wants him to move to. Of course Zidane has previous for such actions, having already been attributed as the deciding factor in Raphael Varane’s decision to move to the Bernabeu in 2011.
However there’s no doubting that with Pogba Madrid face a far bigger task if they are to successfully lure him to Spain. Not only will they face stiff competition from United - who are said to be willing to pay big in order to take him back to Old Trafford - but the reported price tag on the midfielder’s head currently stands at a mind-blowing €70million.
Then there’s also the interest from Paris Saint-Germain, a club to whom such a figure wouldn’t be of any real concern. Zidane’s healthy relationship with Juve boss Antonio Conte may well give them the upper hand with regards to the accessibility to hold talks with the player, but Pogba could see a move back to Old Trafford, or indeed one to his home nation of France, as a preferred option.