Real Madrid have not given up on their pursuit of Manchester United star Paul Pogba and are instead preparing a new player-plus-cash deal to get to their long-standing target
Los Blancos were persistent in their efforts to lure the Frenchman to La Liga during the summer, but all of their previous attempts have come a cropper.
But, Florentino Perez is unwilling to let it go and is ready to do anything for a deal to go through, including inserting the out-of-favor midfielder Isco Alarcon in the transaction.
According to the Daily Star, the 13-time European champions will table a £68.5m offer plus the Spaniard to make United change their stance on Pogba.
Real Madrid will include Isco in any offer they make for Paul Pogba to Man Utd as they continue their attempts to sign the French player.— Jollof Sports (@JollofSports) November 16, 2019
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The 27-year-old playmaker has fallen out of the picture under Zinedine Zidane and has recorded just two La Liga starts this term, failing to make an impact.
Therefore, the former Malaga man might accept Old Trafford as an escape route and a presentable chance to rejuvenate his career away from the French manager.
Zidane, meanwhile, has never hidden his appreciation for Pogba, who has also indicated he would like to work with his compatriot at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The World Cup winner with France is enduring a torrid time in the Premier League this term, having failed to make a breakthrough in five top-flight appearances for the Red Devils so far.
Pogba working hard ahead of his return from injury 💪 pic.twitter.com/6g6OTAACMD— utdreport (@utdreport) November 16, 2019
An injury-hit start to the season and Pogba’s inability to perform at the highest level under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could help cutting ties between him and the club.
Although no timeframe has been given for the deal to go through, negotiations will probably take place at the end of the season, when the situation with Zidane in Madrid should also become clear.
Los Merengues will, however, face stiff competition from Juventus, who are monitoring their ex-player with great attention after Cristiano Ronaldo urged the board to make a move for Pogba.