Real Madrid are not prepared to match Manchester United’s £100m bid for Paul Pogba, according to reports.
The Spanish side supposedly pulled out of the race to sign the midfielder earlier this month, but have continued to lurk in the corner as a potential next destination for the 23-year-old.
Earlier this week, manager Zinedine Zidane admitted that the Merengues were still interested in Pogba, and had by no means ceased in their pursuit of the Frenchman.
However, according to Gazzetta Sport, Madrid President Florentino Perez will not match United’s bid for the midfielder.
Due to the resources at Zidane’s disposal, Madrid have decided against investing an astronomical amount of cash in an area that doesn’t require strengthening.
But for United and Mourinho, Pogba is the missing piece in their midfield jigsaw. Despite having a diverse range of midfield options, the side still needs an enforcer, a menacing presence that bursts forward and sprays passes all over the pitch. On top of the immense strength, incredible technical ability, vision and cannon-like shot, Pogba invokes a winning attitude, an almost arrogant approach.
Pogba’s presence would alter the landscape of English football, such is his internationally recognised aura in midfield and enormous potential.