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.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.