‘I really like Pogba and you know that’: Zinedine Zidane fuels speculation linking Real Madrid with Manchester United star after player’s agent ‘holds talks’ about potential move
- Zinedine Zidane has fanned flames linking Paul Pogba with Real Madrid
- The Real coach said the Manchester United midfielder is a player he ‘really likes’
- The 26-year-old flirted with the prospect of a switch to Real Madrid last week
- His agent Mino Raiola has reportedly held two conversations with Spanish giants
- In those conversations Raiola asserted ‘Pogba’s desire to leave Old Trafford’
Zinedine Zidane has further fueled speculation linking Real Madrid with a big-money move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
Pogba openly flirted with the prospect of a move to Spain during the international break, telling reporters it would be a ‘dream’ to work with Zidane.
And the returning Real Madrid manager has returned the compliment, admitting that the 26-year-old is a player he ‘really likes’.
Zinedine Zidane has added to speculation linking Real Madrid with a move for Paul Pogba
The French midfielder flirted with the idea of a move to Spain during the international break
Zidane said: ‘I really like Pogba and you know that.
‘I know him very well, he’s a different kind of player and he can provide many things because of his skills. He knows how to attack and defend.
‘However, he’s not my player. He plays for United and we have to respect that. He’s always said that he likes Madrid.’
According to Spanish outlet Marca, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has held two conversations with the Real Madrid hierarchy about a potential move.
Spanish outlet Marca ran with the front page ‘Madrid fits Pogba’ as transfer moves closer
The football super-agent was thought to have an acrimonious relationship with the capital city club, which would have proved to be a major stumbling block to any potential transfer.
But it appears he has since put those differences behind him and has spoken to the Madrid’s top brass, voicing Pogba’s desire to swap Old Trafford for the Santiago Bernabeu.
Pogba revealed he was open to joining the 13-time European champions during the international break, telling reporters while on duty with France: ‘Real Madrid is a dream for any kid or footballer and especially with Zidane.’
Madrid have previously balked at the prospect of spending more than £100million on the World Cup winner, with other, cheaper options potentially available at the heart of midfield including Tanguy Ndombele of Lyon and Christian Eriksen at Tottenham.
Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has held two conversations with Madrid about a move
Returning Real boss Zinedine Zidane is expected to overhaul his squad during the summer
But returning boss Zidane is expected to overhaul the Real Madrid squad this summer, with L’Equipe reporting that he has been given a £430m war-chest to return Madrid to Europe’s top table after a disappointing season.
Star names including Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe could be enticed to join Zidane, who has also made no secret of his desire to work with compatriot Pogba in the past.
The 26-year-old is expected to return to Premier League action with Manchester United on Saturday when they take on Watford at Old Trafford.