Real Madrid will go head-to-head with rivals Barcelona in a bid to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

…At least that’s according AS. The Spanish sports daily believes new Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane wants his fellow Frenchman at Real and has made him their number 1 priority.

If they do have intentions of signing the 22-year-old, they’ll have to go up against long time admirers and arch-rivals Barcelona, who have already made a bid for the player as recently as last summer.

For now, it’s all just paper-talk and that amounts to precious little in the real-world. Why mention it i hear you ask? Well mainly so that I could recap that Pogba said just a day ago: “I’m at Juventus, and I’m happy.”

Will he remain another season? It’s difficult to say. He only ever speaks in the highest regards when he discusses the club and his teammates. He’s adored by the supporters, he’s become a mainstay of the starting XI and he’s still got so much to offer.  At the same time, the Barcelona’s and Real’s of this world will always attract the best players because of what they can offer. They have the money, they each have teams full of superstars and they generally tend to win something every season.

Contrast this with Beppe Marotta reiterating at every opportunity that our players are not for sale, no matter how much is offered, along with how much emphasis we’re placing on building a team for the future.  Surely Pogba would be an integral part of that? What can €100m buy you when you already have a strong squad coupled with having deals in place for the most promising young talent around Italy?

Speaking personally, my hope is that we turn down the money and keep young Paul at the club for many years to come, provided that’s what he wants as well. After years in the doldrums, we’ve finally built something that’s worth keeping together. A team that understands one another on the pitch, while off the pitch, the President and his directors are doing sterling work to grow the brand while planting the seeds for the future.

Transfer rumours….they’re the bane of any websites existence. They’ll get you the hits but they rarely stand up to any scrutiny. Anyway, i digress. Here’s a poll for you to participate in:
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