Paul Pogba’s agent has revealed that talks have begun between Real Madrid and Juventus regarding the French international making the switch to Spain this summer.
The influential midfielder has emerged as one of the top players in Europe since his move to Turin, helping the Bianconeri to continued domestic dominance as well as an appearance in the 2015 Champions League final.
Despite both the player and Serie A giants insisting that they are eager to continue their relationship moving forward, it looks as though their resolve will be tested by Los Blancos in the coming weeks and months.
“We are in the preliminary phase of negotiations,” Raiola told Marca. “Pogba admires Real Madrid and [head coach] Zinedine Zidane and this is going to be very important in his decision.”
“[He could cost] €120 million or €140m. He is worth whatever a club are willing to pay for him.”
The 23-year-old is currently focusing on Euro 2016, where he has come under criticism for his performances for France thus far, particularly in their opening game win over Romania.
However, having now booked their place in the last-16, Pogba will hope to grow into the tournament and begin to play a more important role in their progress.
Nevertheless, he’ll have to do so with the potential distraction of talk over his club future, as Real have evidently marked him as their primary marquee signing this summer.
Pogba overcame a slow start to last season to register 10 goals and 16 assists in 49 appearances, as he dealt with the added pressure of becoming an even more important part of Massimiliano Allegri’s side in the absence of Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal.
Having stepped up to the test, Juve will certainly feel his absence moving forward if a move to the Spanish capital comes to fruition, although there is still a long way to go before agreements are reached.