Real Madrid have started talks over a potential move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba after entering ‘initial negotiations’ with his agent, according to reports.
Mino Raiola has revealed that talks between the two clubs have already been held in a move that could break the world transfer record if it is completed this summer.
Pogba, currently on Euro 2016 duty with France, is Europe’s hottest property on the transfer market as a man marked to be the best midfielder of his generation.
The 23-year-old former Manchester United trainee has attracted the attentions of his former club as well as the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City but it now appears Real have jumped to the front of the queue.
“We are in the initial phase of negotiations,” super-agent Raiola told MARCA. “Pogba admires Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane and that will be very important when making his decision.”
Former France midfielder Zidane led Real to their 11th Champions League crown just four months after replacing Rafa Benitez at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Pogba’s Juve contract runs until 2019 but the huge interest in him has pushed his price up to a point that it could exceed the £90million Real splashed on Gareth Bale from Tottenham in 2013.
Raiola, who also has Everton striker Romelu Lukaku on his books, has previously stated that his in-demand client could be sold for twice the price of Bale.
Speaking on Sunday, the agent added: “Paul is worth what a club is prepared to pay for him.”