Manchester United's attempts to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus may have just become a little tougher.
That's after ESPN, citing sources close to the situation, have revealed tonight that Real Madrid have made contact with Juve about signing the 23-year-old Frenchman.
Los Blancos' latest actions will undoubtedly add another layer of complication to United's attempts to re-sign Pogba, and the news comes as something of a surprise considering Real were believed to have given up on hopes of signing the midfielder due to his £100 million price tag.
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According to ESPN, however, there is a growing belief amongst those at Old Trafford that Pogba and his representatives may have simply been stringing the Red Devils along over the past few weeks in the hope that the La Liga giants renewed their interest.
In making contact with Juventus, that interest does appear have been peaked again after a week where United were believed to have all but secured Pogba's signature.
Despite Madrid's apparent attempts to leap frog United, there is still hope for Jose Mourinho and co. even amidst the frustration.
ESPN notes that Man United remain ahead of their Spanish rivals in the race for Pogba and it is thought that Madrid president Florentino Perez is not yet ready to shell out the £100 million-plus that the Premier League club appear ready to pay to get their man.
Nevertheless, with United fans having come to believe their club were the only ones in the running for Pogba, and it was simply a matter of time for negotiations to reach their conclusion, today's update is a blow.
Not many teams can compete with Real when the reigning Champions League winners come calling, but United will be hoping that the ground work they've done in recent times is enough to see off the competition.