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Real Madrid in contention to sign Man United midfielder in the summer

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Manchester United are on the verge of losing Paul Pogba in the summer. The midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season, with the player unlikely to pen a new deal at Old Trafford amid growing animosity between him and the fans.

Pogba’s representatives have already started talks with a few clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid over a potential Bosman move in the summer, reports Sky Sports.

Along with Los Blancos, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are involved in the chase as well, while the midfielder hasn’t ruled out a prolonged stay in the Premier League by joining a direct rival.

Real Madrid’s interest in Pogba dates back quite some time, as the Frenchman has always tickled the fancy of the club’s hierarchy.

Over the last six years, the 29-year-old didn’t have the best of spell at Manchester United. His progress has been marred by injuries, while he has struggled with a lack of identity in the Man United setup.

But that hasn’t deterred the Real Madrid bosses, who rate the midfielder highly due to his technical prowess and experience at the highest level of football.

During his time in England and France, Pogba has racked up a combined total of over 400 appearances, while winning almost 100 caps for the French national team.

Real Madrid believe Pogba can be an ideal replacement for Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in the years to come, though, at 29, the Frenchman himself isn’t getting any younger.

Signing Pogba could be a tricky operation as well, knowing the Manchester United midfielder might hold out for a lucrative contract given his skill and experience.

Since he is available on a free transfer, the player may also demand a significant signing bonus, which could make things further complicated for a Real Madrid side looking to rope in Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, among many other stars ahead of the new season.

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Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano

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Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.

The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.

The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.

As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.

Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.

The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.

So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.

All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.

Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.

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