Real Madrid’s plan to sign £80m-rated Paul Pogba means that the Spanish giants will have to put off their bid to bring Manchester United keeper David De Gea to the Bernabeu.
According to the Daily Mirror, Carlo Ancelotti has made Pogba his number one transfer priority this summer and Madrid will spend whatever it takes to sign him.
The young midfielder is one of the best players in the world already, and has the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City chasing his signature.
Those Premier League suitors will find it difficult to compete with Real Madrid though, who have decided that the French international has the quality to be their next Galactico.
It doesn’t hurt that Pogba is valued as one of the most marketable players in the world and has several high profile sponsors - including Nike and Adidas - hoping to sign him up.
What that means for Manchester United though is that Real Madrid will have to postpone their plan to sign De Gea as a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.
The United stopper has been Madrid’s first choice to step into Casillas’s shoes but they will have to focus their energy and transfer budget this summer to their pursuit of Pogba.
De Gea future key
While it may not seem like it, it’s much more important for United to tie down De Gea than risk losing him in a chase to re-sign Pogba.
De Gea is already one of the best young goalkeepers in the world, and if Madrid are preoccupied this summer with Pogba, it boosts United’s chances of the Spaniard signing the £200,000-a-week extension.
Otherwise, if United fail to get De Gea to commit his future he could be a free agent as early as summer 2016. And that really would be a disaster for United.