Paul Pogba has revealed that Juventus team-mate Fernando Llorente is teaching him Spanish, opening up suggestions over a possible move to La Liga.
The France international is fast becoming one of the most sought after footballers in the world and his agent admitted this week that he could leave Turin in the next 18 months. Any deal would probably break the current transfer record set by Gareth Bale in 2013.
That immediately makes Real Madrid favourites, who are no strangers to breaking the world transfer record. They have done it five successive times running all the way back to their deal for Luis Figo in 2000.
Carlo Ancelotti's chances of signing the player have now taken a massive boost after Pogba himself admitted he is taking informal Spanish lessons with Juventus striker Llorente. The media savvy 21-year-old did also insist he was happy in Turin in the same interview.
"I'm very happy in Turin," the 21-year-old told 'Filo Diretto' on JTV. "It's a perfect city.
"I love to live every day to the fullest. When I'm not busy with the team, I like to watch television or go out with my friends, Juve full-back Patrice Evra and forward Fernando Llorente.
"It's thanks to Llorente that I'm learning Spanish."
Premier League interest
However, Manchester United are reportedly ready to compete with Los Blancos and proved they have the funds to break their own transfer record by signing Angel Di Maria last summer. Louis van Gaal has an almost limitless supply of funds at Old Trafford and a deal for Pogba would be popular amongst fans.
Chelsea are also rumoured to be interested but Jose Mourinho has continually stressed that the Blues are close to breaking Uefa's financial fair play regulations. The signings of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa were only made possible by the sale of David Luiz while their imminent purchase of Juan Cuadrado is likely to be funded by the sale of Andre Schurrle.
Pogba could cost in excess of £100 million, all but ruling out Chelsea unless they can sell off some rather significant first team stars. The same is likely to be true of Manchester City, who have been linked with a move for Pogba, but were fined £49 million by Uefa last summer for breaching FFP rules.