European giants plot to outbid Man United for midfield superstar

In demand: Paul Pogba
In demand: Paul Pogba

Today's papers say that Manchester United are plotting a massive bid for Paul Pogba but word from the continent suggests they may already be losing the race for his services.

This morning's Daily Mirror said United would have to pay a British record transfer fee of £78million to re-sign the Frenchman from Juventus.

However, this afternoon reports from Italy suggest that Real Madrid also want the player, and they are prepared to pay far more for the talented midfielder.

Gazzetta dello Sport report today that the European champions are preparing a monster €120m bid (£93m) for Pogba that may also include a player exchange.

Juve have had former Real striker Alvaro Morata for the last two years but the Spanish club have a £23m buy-back clause and after his fine form in Serie A, Madrid are expected to exercise that.

However, the buy-back could be used as leverage in the deal to bring Pogba to Spain while there are reports elsewhere that Real will throw in midfielder Isco in a bid to persuade Juve to do business with them ahead of United and other suitors.

Zinedine Zidane is known to be a big fan of his fellow countryman and according to the Mail, his long-term deal with adidas is also an attraction for Real.

Looks like Mourinho faces an uphill battle to get the star back to Old Trafford.