Real Madrid are so desperate to sign French midfield maestro Paul Pogba before the World Cup that they are willing to offer Juventus a stunning €65m deal including which includes a part exchange for either Fabio Coentrao or Alvaro Morata, according to a report published by Corriere dello Sport today.
Pogba is now firmly established as Europe's most exciting young talent after two magnificent seasons with Juventus, which has made Manchester United's decision not to make room for the 21-year-old look regrettable to say the very least.
Juve expect Pogba to stay in Turin next season but are desperate to attract the highest possible fee, leaving Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in pole position to force the Scuedtto holders to sanction a sale with a whopping summer offer.
Madrid are firm favourites though and believe a massive initial fee matched with the chance to sign Portuguese international Coentrao or Arsenal transfer target Morata should sweeten the deal, but Juve would prefer to take Angel di Maria instead.
Players in part-exchange aside Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is desperate to sign Pogba and before this summer's World Cup, where the midfield maestro could well star for France tag and send his exorbitant price tag soaring further.
Madrid believe current assistant coach and Les Blues living legend Zinedine Zidane could still prove crucial to the deal, hoping he can persuade Pogba that the true stage for his talent to shine lies at the Santiago Bernabeu.
For now the 21-year-old's primary focus remains on carving out the begging of his own international legacy at this summer's South American showpiece, but Madrid rarely to get their man and the search for their next galactico has some way to run before next season starts.