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Are Real Madrid trying to hijack Man Utd's £100m Pogba deal?

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Pogba - Europe's most wanted player
Pogba - Europe's most wanted player

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that his club has opened negotiations to sign Paul Pogba, amid fresh reports in Spain suggesting Real Madrid are trying to hijack Manchester United’s £100m deal for the Frenchman.

After months of insisting Pogba was not for sale, Juventus chief Allegri has finally revealed that talks are underway to sell the player, as he insists his team will not be affected by the imminent departure of a player who has been crucial to their domestic and Champions League successes over the last four years.

“Pogba is a Juventus player at the moment but we don’t know what is going to happen,” Allegri told reporters in Australia.

“The club are looking after negotiations. Whatever happens with Pogba, we will be in good shape.”

Real Madrid’s entry into the race for Pogba appears to pour cold water on reports that the reigning European champions would not compete with United’s financial firepower in a bid to sign the 23-year-old star.

After United boss Jose Mourinho confirmed his club were in competition with a rival bidder in the race for Pogba, the AS newspaper in Spain are suggesting Real Madrid have made their move to bring Pogba to the Bernabeu.

Zidane offered hints earlier this week that he was an admirer of Pogba, as he suggested he was a big fan of the France midfielder who played a role in his nation’s run to this summer’s Euro 2016 final.

“Do I like Pogba? Of course,” stated Zidane. “He’s a very good player and every club wants the best players, but right now he’s at Juve and we have a large squad already.”

With a lucrative image rights deal for Pogba certain to be a stumbling block in any deal, we can expect the transfer of the summer to rumble on for a few days yet, but it appears increasingly evident that Juventus have decided to cash in on a player who has become the most wanted man in European football.