Paul Pogba transfer: Manchester United in talks over £100m deal which could blow Real Madrid away

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Manchester United are said to have begun negotiations over the potentially world-record transfer of their former midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus.

According to Sky Sports, United chief executive Ed Woodward has spent the last 48 hours in talks over making the Frenchman the first £100m player.

United slipped up when they allowed the 23-year-old to leave for free in 2012 but are ready to pay him £300,000 per week to get him back, Sky Sports reports.

Although they want to keep Pogba, Juventus would find it almost impossible to turn down a deal of this magnitude. But Real Madrid could yet be an obstacle.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague told Sky Sports that Pogba favours a move to Real Madrid and has spoken with Zinedine Zidane about joining Los Blancos.

However, Balague adds that Real are willing to pay €100m (£85m) for the France international. To match United’s fee, they would have to stump up another €18m.

While that is loose change to the European champions, it seems that United are taking steps, and significant ones at that, to make sure that Madrid are not an issue.

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