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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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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report



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Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.

His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.

Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.

His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.

Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.

The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:

“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.” 

While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.

His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.

Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.

Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.

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