Zinedine Zidane has demanded that Real Madrid make an offer to sign Paul Pogba after seeing his team miss out on Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes.
According to AS, the Valencia star had been cited as a cheaper alternative to Pogba, who is likely to cost in excess of €100million.
However, Barcelona have since won the race to sign the Portuguese, agreeing a deal worth a reported €50m earlier this week, leaving Real Madrid short of the new midfielder Zidane wants.
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Losing out on Gomes is not necessarily the worst news for Real Madrid's manager. Zidane has always made his affinity towards Pogba clear and it is believed he is positively desperate to sign him regardless of the cost.
However, president Florentino Perez is digging his heels in over the Juventus midfielder. Aware of the huge debt that Los Blancos are currently managing (over €600m), the controversial chief has so far decided against breaking his own world record.
But Zidane has made one final attempt to win Perez over. Missing out on Gomes, especially to their main title rival, is leaving the Frenchman fearing the worst ahead of the new La Liga campaign. He wants a new midfielder and Pogba is the only world-class option left on the market.
But they may have already lost too much ground on Manchester United. The Premier League outfit have reportedly agreed a fee in the region of £100m and are fully prepared to go higher if that bid is matched.
Not only that, but Ed Woodward appears to be best mates with Pogba's agent Mino Raiola after the pair brokered deals for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan earlier this summer.
If Real Madrid do not move in the immediate future, they could well
Pogba's preference is the only thing going for Real Madrid. The midfielder himself is believed to prefer a move to Real Madrid and would jump at the opportunity to reject his former club for the Bernabeu.