Real Madrid have reportedly identified three alternatives in case their pursuit of Manchester United ace Paul Pogba fails to come to fruition, reports in England say
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane holds a long-standing interest in Pogba, whom he tried to steal away from United in 2016 but eventually failed to get the deal over the line.
The French manager made another attempt to lure his compatriot to the Santiago Bernabeu last summer and had the player’s consent, but the Red Devils were adamant their star midfielder was not for sale.
Although Pogba’s indispensable status at Old Trafford changed over the past few months, Los Blancos could again miss out on his signature, with Juventus looking to reunite with their former star.
The 27-year-old box-to-box midfielder has already informed Ed Woodward and Co of his desire to part with the Premier League side, and his departure looks to be a near-certainty at this point.
But, if Pogba chooses the Allianz Stadium over the Spanish capital, Real Madrid will look to sign another top-class midfielder to aid their efforts to return to the top of Europe.
According to the Express Sport, Real Madrid have their eyes set on Ajax’s Donny van de Beek, Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz, and Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga.
Van de Beek has also emerged as one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top summer priorities, but he was close to joining the La Liga powerhouse before Zidane pulled the plug on the deal.
The 23-year-old Dutchman produced some stellar performances for Ajax during their impressive Champions League run in 2018/19, establishing himself as one of the most highly-rated young midfielders in Europe.
Meanwhile, Fabian Ruiz has been nothing short of outstanding since swapping Betis for Napoli in 2018, becoming the beating heart of the Partenopei ever since.
His impeccable passing accuracy and unparalleled vision make him one of the most coveted deep-lying playmakers in Europe’s top-five leagues, with Barcelona also keeping tabs on the 24-year-old Spaniard.
Last but not least, Cavaminga enjoyed a sensational breakthrough season in Ligue 1, showing flashes of his unquestionable talent week in, week out before the coronavirus pandemic gripped football in France.
Comfortable with the ball at his feet and aggressive when wanting it back, the 17-year-old has impressed world football with his high-octane performances for Rennes.