If the Blancos want to sign the Juventus midfielder in the summer transfer window then they need to equal their world-record fee, the agent has proclaimed
Real Madrid would need to equal their world-record transfer fee of €100 million to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus this summer, according to the midfielder’s agent, Mino Raiola.
Pogba’s days at the Scudetto holders are looking increasingly numbered and this week it was claimed that Chelsea and Manchester United lead the race to sign the 21-year-old ahead of the European champions and Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Real Madrid have a track record of splashing out more cash than any of their rivals and they are consistently mentioned as favourites when a potential summer move for Pogba is mooted in the European press.
Raiola has expressed that La Liga’s table-toppers need to match the triple-figure sum they spent on luring Gareth Bale away from Tottenham if they want the France international to be on their books next season.
“If Real Madrid want him then they should call me,” the agent told Marca. “Madrid are a dangerous club to move to, as the pressure can hurt players’ careers, but Pogba is ready.
“He is very focused on his life and his career. Nothing is insurmountable for him. I know he’s liked a lot by Madrid coaches Zinedine Zidane and Carlo Ancelotti, but Paul’s only thinking about Juve right now.
“Money’s not a problem for clubs like Real Madrid. The cost of signing him would be €100 million – whoever signs him gets the star of the next generation of players.”
Raiola also suggested that Juve’s prize player – who they signed from Manchester United almost three years ago on a free transfer – has more than a little bit of PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic about him.
“There is no one like Pogba,” the agent added. “He’s dominated interest in the transfer market for a year and a half.
“Only seven clubs in the world can afford Pogba. He is the up-and-coming player with cojones like Ibrahimovic.”