Mino Raiola has spun the transfer rumour mill into action once more after Paul Pogba’s agent said he will attempt to bring “a great footballer” to Real Madrid during the summer window.
Los Blancos have been linked with Pogba in past transfer windows and may feel their chances are as strong as ever after his representative nodded to the chance of a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Raiola said in an interview with Marca:
"My relations with Real Madrid are very good. I want to take a great footballer there and I will try this summer. It would be a pride for me and my footballers because Real Madrid is a great club. Alphonse Areola is already there, but it’s only half an operation because it’s a loan deal. I am in contact with [general director] Jose Angel Sanchez and I love discussing football and FIFA issues with him because his opinion interests me. I have great hope that one day he will be able to lead a great footballer to Real Madrid.”
The agent added Pogba, 27, is focused on “a great end to the season with Manchester United” and helping the team get back to the Champions League, though Europe’s major competitions have been suspended for the time being due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Zinedine Zidane has been open regarding his admiration of his French compatriot in the past, and the pair were pictured together in Dubai in October, per the Mirror’s David McDonnell.
Pogba—whose contract expires in 2021, with the option of an extra year—would likely be welcomed at the Bernabeu considering Zidane will have one eye on the future of Luka Modric, whose deal also expires at the end of next season.
Raiola’s relationship with United has soured this term, beginning with his suggestion in December that the Red Devils had ruined his client. He told La Repubblica (via Football Italia): “Paul needs a team and club like the Juventus team he played in.”
Pogba has made only eight appearances this season and has seen his stock drop with the fans, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has remained adamant the player will remain at Old Trafford.