Paul Pogba is on his way to a well-deserved holiday. After a taxing season with Juventus, the 23-year-old went into the European Championships running on reserves.
That may have stopped him performing at his best but he still helped France get all the way to the final before narrowingly losing out to Portugal.
What some critics deemed to be a lack of quality from the charismatic midfielder may have been a classic case of fatigue. As a result, a few weeks of rest is exactly what he needs.
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However, his holiday is going to be far from stress-free. According to The Sun, he will use his short summer break to decide where his future lies.
They claim he has three options on the table: signing a new contract with Juventus, joining his former club Manchester United, or moving to his dream club Real Madrid. While he may prefer a move to the Bernabeu above all else, it certainly won't be a simple choice.
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Down but not out
The Sun, via their European correspondent Antony Kastrinakis, claim that Real Madrid are still very much interested in signing Pogba and have even made an official transfer bid.
However, they are maxed out at £95million, which stands as £5m less than what Manchester United are ready to pay. While that keeps the Red Devils at the front of the queue, the very claim that Real Madrid are still interested is bad news.
That is because it was reported earlier this week that Real Madrid had decided to drop out of the race and pursue other targets. Those claims now appear to be wide of the mark.
A top source told Kastrinakis: “Madrid are very much still in for Pogba.”
Manchester or Madrid
Pogba would prefer to join his countryman Zinedine Zidane in the Spanish capital but is still very much open to working with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. Pogba, who infamously left United in 2012, has made his love for his former club and the city clear in the past.
Not only that but United have further complicated matters by offering an incredible £300,000-a-week deal, something Real Madrid cannot match. Finally, United appear to have an advantage simply because they have a strong relationship with his agent Mino Raiola.
If and when Pogba moves, it will spark a flurry of transfer activity. Juventus will likely bid for Leicester City star N'Golo Kante while they may also renew their attempts to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.
However, if he chooses Manchester United, Real Madrid will likely win the race for Kante after pinpointing him as an alternative. That would move Juventus onto another French midfielder, Moussa Sissoko.