Manchester United appear to have beaten Real Madrid to the signing of Paul Pogba.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, the Juventus midfielder wants to move to Old Trafford, and has even told family and friends of his desire to join Jose Mourinho’s revolution.
Which is a massive shame for Los Blancos, who would apparently “love” to sign the talented 23-year-old.
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That is the claim made by Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez, who reckons Pogba has “great physical presence”.
Yet when pressed whether Zinedine Zidane should go all out to sign the Frenchman, Raul expressed his doubts.
“He has a great physical presence and it would be a question of looking at factors such as price and general conditions,” the Spaniard told AS.
“He's a player that Madrid would love to have as would any team.”
Yet when asked if Madrid should sign him, Raul wasn’t willing to say yes.
“I’m not sure,” was the response. “He's an excellent player and am sure that coach would have studied on how he would enhance the current team and style of play.”
Madrid have completed just one signing this summer - Alvaro Morata from Juventus, who looks set to leave in the coming weeks - but Raul isn’t worried about the lack of incomings at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“The team look strong everywhere so I guess it would be a question of reinforcing certain positions,” the former Schalke player added.
“Every team needs balance and equilibrium and sometimes just one player can provide that during a game. Look at the team when Madrid won the Champions League final in Lisbon. [Angel] Di Maria was the player that provided that function.”
That’s a fair reflection. Zidane led Madrid to Champions League glory in his first season in charge and the squad looks equipped to defend their title next season.
Raul had his doubts
The Frenchman took over from Rafa Benitez in January and surpassed expectations, Madrid’s 11th European Cup victory being accompanied by an impressive comeback in the La Liga title race.
But when they adorned the famous white shirt together, Raul didn’t think the Frenchman was coaching material.
“It was a feeling at the time,” the 39-year-old, Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer until Cristiano Ronaldo came along, added. “I just didn't see him as a coach but he's subsequently worked in different areas of the club, spent some time working with [Carlo] Ancelotti then was given the opportunity to oversee Castilla so I guess it was always something that he had inside.
“I also feel that since he's been with the first team he is growing constantly as a coach.”