If there's one word to describe Manchester United's pursuit of Paul Pogba, it's 'desperate'.
The Red Devils, simply, are willing to do almost anything to re-sign the France superstar having sold him to Juventus four years ago for a meagre £700,000.
Since departing for Turin in 2012, Pogba has established himself as one of European football's finest and most highly sought-after midfielders.
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Real Madrid are also interested in him - various reports suggest otherwise, but they are - yet United remain favourites.
Such is their confidence in luring Pogba back to Old Trafford that they're willing to delay the announcement of next season's shirt numbers until they sign him.
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This is according to The Sun, who reference an unnamed United source.
He said: "It would be very expensive for the club to release the squad numbers only for them to change.
“The club want to make sure all players are signed and sealed ahead of the coming season before they are announced to the world.”
Pogba's current number - and his favourite - at Juventus is No.10, but that's occupied by Wayne Rooney; the No.15 he wears for France, though, is free.
Essentially, United want to make sure the Frenchman is absolutely happy with every fine detail upon his potential arrival, rather than hand him a vacant and unwanted jersey.
Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan's numbers for the upcoming season are all yet to be confirmed.
The same report claims United held talks with Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, over the weekend in order to push through a deal before Tuesday.
But unfortunately for Jose Mourinho, it would seem Zinedine Zidane's Real are still very much keen on bringing Pogba to the Bernabeu.
Spanish outlet AS claim Los Blancos have made contact with Raiola to ask for more time as they prepare to make one final offer.
It would seem Zidane is a big fan of his countryman too - even if he claims it would be "difficult" to find a place for him in his squad.
He said: "Do I like Pogba? Of course, he's a very good player and every club wants the best players, but right now he's at Juve and we have a large squad already.
"There are still lots of players yet to join up with the squad and with the Euros going on we couldn't do anything. We have three games coming up and that's the focus at the moment."
One way or another, Real need to act quickly if they're to stay in the race amidst United's willingness to splash an eye-watering £100 million and £300,000-per-week wages on Pogba.
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