As per a report from Goal.com, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has informed the club of his demands to remain a Red Devils’ player beyond the summer, amid heavy links with a move to Real Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane made his return to the bench at the Bernabeu 4 weeks ago.
The former Real midfielder was reinstalled following failed stints on the part of both Julen Lopetegui and Santi Solari, which led to the capital giants relinquishing their title as European champions for the first time in 4 years, and failing to mount any kind of serious La Liga title challenge to Clasico rivals Barcelona.
And, on the back of Zidane’s return, Los Merengues have since been linked with a massive summer spending spree.
Numerous outlets across Europe have run similar stories, suggesting that Real are ready to break the bank on a number of high-profile additions.
Chief among the names linked with a Bernabeu switch have been Premier League duo Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba.
Chelsea attacker Hazard is known to be a long-time target of the soon-to-be dethroned Champions League holders, though the rumours of a potential Blancos’ swoop for Manchester United midfield standout Pogba have majorly ramped up since Zidane’s reappointment last month.
Zidane is said to have identified Pogba as the ideal addition to his side’s midfield, with Luka Modric set to turn 34 in the summer, and both Toni Kroos and Casemiro having struggled for form this season.
And the Real boss did little to play down the rumours linking Los Merengues with a swoop for his fellow countryman during a press conference last week, when he explained:
‘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.’
Pogba himself has also admitted that it would mark a ‘dream for anyone’ to line out in the colours of Madrid, with the aforementioned update from Goal.com having provided a further insight into the current mindset of the Frenchman.
It is claimed that Pogba has laid down his demands to the board at Old Trafford, to ensure he rejects the advances of Los Blancos.
The World Cup winner is demanding pay parity with Premier League top-earner and Red Devils teammate Alexis Sanchez.
Chilean flop Sanchez is thought to earn around £500,000-per-week in Manchester.
If his demands are met, then Pogba would reportedly put pen-to-paper on a new deal at Old Trafford, securing his future, at least for the time being.
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