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United target Pogba "not interest" in Real Madrid

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Pogba linked with a return to Man Utd
Pogba linked with a return to Man Utd

Manchester United have been given a boost in their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba after the player's agent confirmed he would not be interested in a potential move to Real Madrid.

Pogba left United on a free transfer in 2012, but is now being rated as a £75m superstar after emerging as one of Europe's best midfielders in a Juventus side that reached the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night.

Real Madrid are reported to be among the clubs chasing Pogba's services, but his agent Mino Raiola says his client would have no interest in a move to the Spanish capital. 

"Real Madrid are a club that is used to buying players like you buy a facecloth and then throws them away like a facecloth," said Raoila, who was then told that Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has poured cold water on a move for Pogba.

"We're not interested in Real either," he responded. "I have never gone to Madrid to tell them: 'Please, would you like to buy Pogba?

"We want to go to a club that believes in Paul's potential. I am not closing the door to Real, but I'm not opening it either."

Paris Saint-Germain may well compete with United in a transfer scramble for Pogba this summer, with Raoila hinting the French side are keen to sign in his player.

"They are perhaps interested, but I will start to think that from the moment there is something concrete," he added.

"I just know that Paul, whichever club he'll be at, will succeed."

Juventus have said they are keen to hang on to Pogba, but the huge sums being quoted for his services may mean a summer move is inevitable.