Real Madrid and Juventus have opened talks concerning the possible transfer of French international Paul Pogba to Madrid, the player’s agent Mino Raoila revealed on Monday. “We are in the preliminary phase of negotiations,” Raiola told Spanish sports daily Marca.
“He (Pogba) admires Zidane, he’s always told me so. For Paul, Real Madrid, Zidane, the people of Madrid, have always represented something special. He admires them.
“The will of Zidane (Zinedine) is important, that of the club too. But we are currently only at the stage of contact, not yet at negotiations. They (Real) know what we want and we’ll see if in the end we can seal a union or if it ends in divorce.”
Juve have previously stated their reluctance to sell the 23-year old this summer, but Raiola’s comments suggest they are now open to a sale if they receive a high enough bid for one of the world’s most coveted young players. Adding that Real would likely have to break the world transfer record to add Pogba to a squad that won the Champions League last season.
An Italian press recently reported that Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez is ready to pay 120 million euros for the midfielder currently on duty with France at Euro 2016. Reacting to this, Raoila said these are market prices explaining that the 23-year old was looking for a project in which he feels good, with a footballing vision which pleases him and people he has confidence in.
Pogba joined Juventus in 2012 after making just three Premier League appearances for Manchester United. He has since won four Serie A titles in as many years with the Turin club and also helped them reach the Champions League final in 2015.
He is recently been criticized for his first performances for France at Euro 2016, although he impressed in Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Switzerland which secured Les Bleus as Group A winners.