Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has accepted he will have to part with James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata if he is to have a chance of signing Paul Pogba this summer.
According to Sport, Zidane has been putting pressure on Florentino Perez to make a world-record move for the Juventus midfielder. However, with a €120million asking price, it has been deemed out of reach for even the richest of football clubs.
But Zidane is not giving up and has instead started a fundraising mission to make sure Pogba has an offer from Real Madrid by the end of the summer transfer window. With wages and agent fees to be included in any budget, Perez wants €150m coming in before launching a bid.
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Zidane hopes to raise all he needs by selling Rodriguez and Morata with a host of clubs interested in both of them. Rodriguez has failed to win the respect of Zidane while senior officials are believed to have questioned his attitude after a series of off-the-field incidents.
But despite a certain downfall since his Golden Boot winning form at the 2014 World Cup, Real Madrid still think they can reclaim all of their original investment. They have told his agent Jorge Mendes to make sure clubs know to pay a minimum of €77m and is already on the case.
That may prove too rich for Manchester United's Jose Mourinho, who, as the same report claims, has already spoken to Real Madrid about the Colombian. However, his offer of €61m fell well short of the asking price.
Paris Saint-Germain are now the likeliest of candidates. They have endlessly deep pockets and would love a new marquee star after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It has also been claimed by other Spanish media outlets that Rodriguez himself fancies a move to the Parc des Princes where a number of South Americans currently reside.
Morata may be a bit more complex. The striker recently rejoined Real Madrid from Juventus after the Spanish club activated a buy-back clause worth €30million. To justify his immediate sale, they need to make a huge profit.
Luckily, he had a pretty decent Euro 2016 with Spain, scoring three goals in four starts, helping to increase his profile amongst the big spenders. There also appears to be a lot of interest from the Premier League with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all keeping a close eye on developments.
However, none are going to be quick to meet the €75m asking price, especially considering the fact that he has never scored more than 10 league goals in a single campaign. There is no doubt he has exceptional talent as well as the physical frame to thrive in the Premier League but the money Real Madrid are demanding would be enough to break a British transfer record.
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