The potential arrival of Paul Pogba to Real Madrid has reportedly taken a major turn, with Florentino Perez unwilling to sanction a deal upwards of £50million. Zinedine Zidane is still adamant the club needs to land Pogba and is willing to sign him 'at all costs', according to reports in Spain.
However, Florentino is not so convinced as his manager on the 26-year-old, and will only sanction a cut-price deal, according to Mundo Deportivo. Perez is unwilling to do business until next summer and wants to limit the spend to £50m, a lot less than the £130m United are believed to be demanding for their star.
The reason is Perez feels the arrival of Pogba would affect the development of young talents like Federico Valverde and loanee Martin Odegaard. Pogba is under contract with Manchester United until June 2021, and the chances to get him at that price are vanishing at this moment.
Zidane has expressed his admiration towards the World Cup winner and United know Pogba is keen on moving to the Bernabeu. The pair have been in constant contact this season according to Spanish newspaper Marca and even met in Dubai back in October.
They report Zidane is eager for Madrid to sign Pogba, which was his primary demand when he returned to the club in March. But Marca also report the board is reluctant to sanction a move when United would want over £100m.
Right now Pogba is nearing a first-team return from a foot injury that has kept him out of action since the draw with Arsenal at the end of September.