Man United Close In On Pogba

Mourinho Keen To Lure Juventus Star To Old Trafford

Manchester United are in pole position for Paul Pogba with Real Madrid making it clear they will NOT bid for the Frenchman this summer – according to reports . The Juventus midfielder is Jose Mourinho’ s top target in his first transfer window at Old Trafford.

While United are prepared to pay a world record fee for Pogba , it was believed the Bernabeu was his preferred destination . But following reports in Spain earlier this week that Real would not enter a bidding war , they appear to have confirmed that stance over their decision to keep hold of Alvaro Morata . According to the Mail , Real have opted against selling the Spain striker this summer .

Funds from any deal were expected to be used to help finance the signing of Pogba . Instead Morata – who was linked with Chelsea – has been told he will remain in the Spanish capital and will compete with Cristiano Ronaldo , Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema for a place in Zinedine Zidane ’ s attack .
That is good news for Mourinho , who has been promised the backing to bring Pogba to United . It now looks like the path is clear to sign a player who left the club as a free agent in 2012.

United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has been desperate to land a truly marquee signing for the past three summers – targeting Ronaldo , Bale and Neymar in previous transfer windows .
However , Real are content to sit back and let Manchester United take the lead on a transfer as the Serie A champions ask for exorbitant sums in an expensive operation With a month and a half left in the transfer window, it looks as if Real Madrid will not sign a Galactico .

Paul Pogba had appeared to fit the bill as a marquee signing for the club this summer , and although he is not 100 percent ruled out , his arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu now seems unlikely .

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