Real Madrid are likely to pass on the opportunity to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba on a free transfer next summer, Marca reports.
The Frenchman will enter the final six months of his United contract in January, and he has yet to give the green light for a potential extension.
As things stand, he can negotiate a pre-contract with a foreign club in the New Year, and Madrid have been widely touted to make a move.
Their prime priority is renewing Luka Modric’s contract beyond June 2022, while Toni Kroos and Casemiro remain key players in midfield.
There is further quality in the form of Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and Antonio Blanco in reserve. Pogba is no longer on their radar.
Pogba has been inconsistent with his displays during his time with the Red Devils. It has been a similar trend for the Frenchman this term.
He started the campaign with seven assists in just four league games before going off the boil. He was sent off in the 5-0 rout by Liverpool.
Things have gone worse for him with a thigh injury earlier this month. It is reported that he may not return to action until the New Year.
Pogba has been long linked with Los Blancos, but their interest may have cooled after recruiting Camavinga from Rennes this summer.
Blanco has also shown plenty of promise. The club’s focus of attention could be the striking department with Kylian Mbappe on their radar.
They were desperate to land Mbappe earlier this year but could not convince Paris Saint-Germain despite a staggering bid of over €200 million.
He will be entering the last six months of his deal in January. Los Blancos are favourites to land him due to his boyhood dream to play for them.
Meanwhile, Pogba won’t be short of suitors. Paris Saint-Germain and former club Juventus could be in the mix to land his services next summer.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com.
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