Manchester United’s hopes of signing Paul Pogba have been boosted after Real Madrid dropped out of the race to sign him, according to reports.
It was previously thought that United and Real were the only two sides capable of luring Pogba from Juventus if he decided to leave the Serie A champions.
The Spanish giants now appear to have dropped out of the race after the midfielder’s poor performances for France at Euro 2016.
Spanish newspaper Marca lead the front page of their latest edition with the headline ‘Frio, Frio’ – translated to ‘cool’ in English – underneath a picture of Pogba.
The claim is that the 23-year-old, who scored just one goal throughout the tournament and was dropped for France’s second game en-route to the final, is no longer a target of Real’s.
Marca also claim the reported £100m valuation of the player is ‘excessive’. We did try and tell you.
The outlet goes on to report that Pogba remains a ‘priority’ signing for United manager Jose Mourinho.
On Wednesday, the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, discussed what it would take to tempt the midfielder to leave Turin.
He said: “If you come with a project that will make Paul want to leave, we’ll talk with the club.”
The Daily Mail add to the claims that Real are no longer pursuing Pogba, as the club have decided not to sell striker Alvaro Morata.
The 23-year-old re-joined the Spanish giants this summer after they took advantage of a £23m buy-back option in the Spain international’s contract at Juventus. He was expected to be sold on for a huge profit, but their decision to hold onto the striker means they will not have the sufficient funds to move for Pogba.