Real Madrid to kick off Paul Pogba bidding war

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Real Madrid are ready to get what is sure to be a massive bidding war underway for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, according to Marca.

The Spanish newspaper believes Florentino Perez has placed Pogba at the top of his wish list as he looks for his third addition to the new Galactico era at the Bernabeu. Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez and joined in the past two summers for significant fees, but Pogba could top both of them.

A reports by CIES Observatory claims Pogba is the fifth most valuable player in the world at €72million (£52m) and Marca believe Real Madrid are more than willing to open the bidding at that price.

Premier League interest

However, there is a good chance that some of the more powerful clubs in the Premier League will throw their hat into the ring and could push the final transfer above the current world record of £86 million.

Manchester United, who Pogba left to join Juventus in 2012, are financially capable of breaking the transfer record and Louis van Gaal has already stated his desire to sign a midfielder in the summer transfer window.

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There is some doubt over whether Pogba would be willing to go back to Old Trafford and will certainly not be short of alternative options. Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have also been linked in recent weeks, but Manuel Pellegrini, Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger would struggle to fund a deal whilst staying on the right side of financial fair play regulations.

That is set to leave Real Madrid and the Red Devils to fight it out. Barcelona are also interested, but their ongoing transfer embargo leaves a summer deal almost impossible to negotiate. Pogba would have to agree to sit out the first half of the season until he can be registered or agree a loan move for the same amount of time.

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