The rumours surrounding Paul Pogba's future have increased after his agent was reportedly spotted emerging from Real Madrid's team hotel.
Spanish newspaper AS claim that Mino Raiola was seen leaving the Golden Palace Hotel where Carlo Ancelotti's team were based in Turin at around 12.30pm, before Madrid's 2-1 defeat against Juventus last night.
Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for Pogba in recent months, along with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea - however a move looked to be dead in the water after Raiola hit out at the Spanish giants last month.
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"I have never gone to Madrid to tell them: 'Please, would you like to buy Pogba?" he said. "Real Madrid are a club that is used to buying players like you buy a facecloth -- and then throws them away like a facecloth."
Raiola continued: "Real are a team that sees a player who has six good games at the World Cup and buys him," he said. "We don't want to go to a club like that. We want to go to a club that believes in Paul's potential. I am not closing the door to Real, but I'm not opening it either."
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The 22-year-old is likely to fetch a fee in the region of £75 million, although Juventus remain adamant that they have no intention of selling their most prized asset any time soon. Pogba hasn't played for Juventus since their Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund back in March because of a muscle injury.
While Raiola wouldn't confirm if there were discussions held with Real Madrid, he did claim that there were a number of 'smart' clubs in the running for his signature.
"It's a very delicate moment," he told reporters. "I prefer not to talk about Paul. I can only say that my client is liked by all the big and smart clubs."
AS add in their report that there was no direct meeting held between Raiola and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, although that doesn't rule out a conversation with representatives from the Spanish club.
Paul Pogba is one of the most in demand players in the world right now - and whether he ends up at Real Madrid, Manchester United or Chelsea one thing is for certain; it's going to be for a sizeable fee.
Of course Manchester United will have to pay a premium for a player they let walk away for nothing in but even still it will be money well spent - however they need Champions League football as a minimum before they can even start to think about a deal.