Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane wants Juventus’ highly-rated midfielder Paul Pogba to make a move to the Bernabeu this summer.
This is according to Spanish outlet Marca, who claim the recently-appointed Los Blancos boss is keen to bring his countryman to the Spanish capital despite the club’s impending transfer ban.
Pogba has been a sensation since his controversial move to Turin from Manchester United in 2012, helping the Old Lady to three successive Serie A titles and the Champions League final last season.
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The La Liga giants led the race for Pogba’s signature last summer having been initially quoted a figure of €120 million before the Italian club lowered their valuation to €100 million.
However, Real believe that they can shave a further €20 million off the asking price and hope the fact Zidane and the 22-year-old are both French will play a part in sealing the deal, much like when Raphael Varane arrived from Lens in 2011.
The 10-time Champions League winners face stiff competition, though, with Barcelona and Manchester City also reportedly interested in the midfielder.
Much will depend on whether Real win their appeal to uplift their proposed transfer ban, which will see them unable to make any signings in the next two windows.
Alternatively, they will hope for a similar lifeline once given to rivals Barcelona, whose appeal allowed them enough time to complete the signings of Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Claudio Bravo in 2014.
Although filled with talent, Real's midfield would welcome the arrival of Pogba given the current lack of strength and height present in the centre of the park.