Real Madrid’s powerbrokers are on a collision course over a potential deal for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
Reports indicate United are ready to call time on Pogba’s Old Trafford career this month after growing fed-up with the constant saga over his future.
Ed Woodward wants £150m in order to sell the France midfielder, with Real and former club Juventus touted as potential destinations.
However, it won’t be plain sailing if Madrid do pull off a swoop.
That’s because president Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane can’t agree on whether to launch a transfer raid.
“We’ve told you before on the podcast about the conflict at Real Madrid between Florentino Perez, who does not want Pogba at the club, doesn’t see him as a necessary recruit.
“And Zinedine Zidane the coach, who is constantly being reviewed week-by-week in terms of his employment, does want Pogba.
“I think the chances of him going to Real Madrid are slim, but not impossible. It’s possible Perez could be persuaded,” Ian McGarry.
Real boss Zidane went public with his admiration of Pogba in March last year. “He’s a midfielder who knows how to defend and how to attack. But he is not my player, he is at Manchester,” Zidane said.
“He has always said that, after Manchester, Madrid has always interested him. So when his experience at Manchester ends, why not come here to Madrid?
“I know him personally. He brings so much and there are few players who bring as much as he does.”
Zidane was later forced to clarify his comments – and played down the chances of him moving to Spain any time soon.
“I said that he was good,” the France legend said. But you could mention other players to me and I would say the same.
“He is a good player and I said that I know him and nothing else. I won’t get into it and even less so now. Pogba is a Manchester United player. At the end of the season, we will see what happens.
“Those who will come and those who will go… I never said we would bring Pogba and I wouldn’t say it until things were done,” he said.