€120 million for Paul Pogba, or €25 million for N’Golo Kante.
That is the decision Real Madrid are weighing up as they look to add a powerful midfielder to their squad.
On the basis of the European Championship, most Madristas would be happy to see Kante arrive - and not just because he would cost €95m less than his French teammate.
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Kante has been a standout player at Euro 2016, carrying his impressive form for Leicester City to international football.
Meanwhile, Pogba has failed to live up to the enormous pressure lumped on his shoulders. If their prices were reversed, many Madrid supporters would probably still opt for Kante.
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Thankfully for them, reports are emerging that Zinedine Zidane has told Madrid to sign the Leicester man.
Los Blancos have been monitoring the 25-year-old since January and are now prepared to activate his €25m release clause.
Having managed to keep hold of Jamie Vardy, this might be one battle Claudio Ranieri could be about to lose. Vardy opted against Arsenal because he had doubts over the Gunners’ play style.
But Kante would have no such concerns. His only problem would be finding a way into a midfield that includes Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, but because his skill set is noticeably different to those two, he would likely see plenty of game time.
Kante to Madrid leaves the door open for United
Zidane’s interest is being reported by Marca, who claim the Frenchman wants to add defensive-midfield reinforcement alongside Casemiro.
Quite where this leaves their chase to sign Pogba is unclear. Madrid could afford to sign both players - especially if they sell Alvaro Morata for at least €60m - but whether they need both is doubtful.
Manchester United fans who don’t think Zidane would sign both midfielders have reacted positively to the news.
Spanish outlet AS reported yesterday that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, was in “serious discussions” with United. If Madrid are out of the picture, the door is open for Jose Mourinho to sign the 23-year-old.
Check out the reaction from supporters below.
Raiola has played an instrumental role in United’s transfer activities this summer and United clearly feel better prepared to deal with him than Sir Alex Ferguson was.
The former United boss cited Raiola’s influence as the reason why Pogba was allowed to leave Old Trafford in 2012.
But the super agent has conducted United’s moves for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
While Madrid are more used to dealing with Jorge Mendes, United have come accustomed to Raiola.
And that could give them in the advantage in their pursuit of Pogba.
Which is the better deal: €120 million for Paul Pogba, or €25 million for N’Golo Kante? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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