Spanish giants Real Madrid have reportedly ended their pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and will focus on bringing PSG forward Kylian Mbappe to Santiago Bernabéu in the summer.
Madrid pursued the French midfielder last summer but United decline to sell the 26-year old leaving coach Zinedine Zidane disappointed and there have been reports indicating that Madrid will try to sign the World Cup winner once the January transfer window swings open.
The record European champions have not started their 2019/20 campaign well and there have been calls for the club to get rid of the French legend who led the club who led the club to three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles as the results do not reflect the heavy investment the team made in the summer.
According to reports in Spain, Madrid have now shifted focus and are no longer prioritizing bringing the central midfielder to the capital. They have instead embarked on signing Mbappe who they view as a long-term replacement for aging Karim Benzema.
The Los Blancos have struggled in front of goal since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club for Juventus in 2018. Benzema has had to shoulder the scoring burden alone with summer signing Luka Jovic yet to score even a single goal in this campaign.
Mbappe’s arrival could solve Madrid’s scoring problems for the next 10 years with Karim Benzema, now 32 nearing the sunset of his career. The former French international joined Madrid in 2009 from Olympic Lyon and although he has divided opinion among Madrid faithful over the years, he has grown to become an important player for the club winning four champions league titles among other accolades.