Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has refused to rule out a move for Paul Pogba, and insisted that “anything can happen” this summer. That certainly a major twist considering Manchester United’s prospect of signing the Juventus star.
The La Liga giants were heavily linked with Pogba from the very beginning but later fall behind Manchester United in the race to land him.
However, while Zidane remained coy on links to Pogba when asked about the subject in the media, he did say that the club “always want to sign the best players”.
“In this moment we are still working [in pre-season], and I cannot say anything more,” the Madrid coach revealed.
“Until August 31 anything can happen, but today he is not a Real Madrid player and I cannot talk about what will happen.
“I always say how things are, but now is not the time to talk about this. A lot of clubs are interested in Pogba.
“Real Madrid always want the best players. But we owe Juventus respect, and I can’t say anything more out of respect.”
Real Madrid are currently in the United States ahead of their International Champions Cup clash with Paris Saint-Germain in Columbus.
Meanwhile, according to the reports for over the past few weeks, United chiefs have already cleared out terms on a massive 100 million contract for the Juventus star.
With agent Mino Raiola’s £20m windfall included and the Frenchman’s £11m-a-year salary, United could end up paying out £175m over the five years of his contract.
They have even held talks with Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola and all parties have settled on what the midfielder will earn at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Pogba, it is believed, has informed his agent that he will only deal with his future once he’s back from the States.
So with Pogba more than 5,000 miles away in Miami, any move is in limbo right now.
To make matters worse for Mourinho, the Frenchman is not expected to back in Turin from his holiday until August 6.
That’s just a day before United’s first competitive fixture of the season, the Community Shield against Leicester.
United will be up against Bournemouth in their Premier League opener a week later on August 14.