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Manchester United dealt transfer blow as top target is admired by Real Madrid boss

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has insisted that he’s happy with his squad, but has revealed that he is an admirer of Paul Pogba.

The French tactician will be looking at ways to continue to strengthen his squad this summer, with Alvaro Morata the only signing thus far.

With Pogba being strongly linked with a move to Manchester United, Zidane’s latest comments will be a concern for the Red Devils in that they may still face competition for the midfielder’s signing.

Previous reports have suggested that United’s superior spending power had seen them fend off Real, as noted by Sky Sports, but as Juve continue to try and keep hold of their prized asset, it looks as though the Spanish giants could still be involved in the transfer saga this summer.

“I’m very happy with the squad I have available. It’s difficult to improve,” Zidane told reporters at a press conference in Montreal. “Do I like Pogba? Of course, he’s a very good player and every club wants the best players, but right now he’s at Juve and we have a large squad already.

“There are still lots of players yet to join up with the squad and with the Euros going on we couldn’t do anything. We have three games coming up and that’s the focus at the moment.”

Zidane stopped short of insisting that the club were actively looking at trying to acquire Pogba this summer, but ultimately he left the door open enough to suggest that should it become a possibility, then the La Liga giants will look to swoop.

The French international scored 10 goals and provided 16 assists in 49 appearances in all competitions last season, helping Juve to consecutive domestic doubles as he also continues to develop into one of Europe’s best midfielders.

While a move away from Turin would be questionable given the Bianconeri’s dominance at home and plans to launch an assault on the Champions League next season, a chance to play for Real under Zidane would certainly be an appealing option if it remains on the table.

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