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Man United ‘open talks’ over £150m top player transfer in London meeting

Manchester United have reportedly met with Real Madrid chiefs to discuss a huge Paul Pogba deal. According to The Sun, officials from both clubs held a secret meeting in London last week to discuss a £150m move.

Los Blanco’s representatives were already in the capital to finalise Eden Hazard’s signing from Chelsea and president Florentino Perez must now decide whether to meet United’s asking price for Pogba.

Paul Pogba

The World Cup winner is wanted by Zinedine Zidane as part of his big-money summer rebuild and has previously admitted playing for the La Liga giants under his French compatriot would be a “dream”.

He would likely be keen on a move after a tough season at Old Trafford, but United are demanding a major profit on the £89m they paid to bring him back from Juventus three years ago.

According to the Evening Standard, Ed Woodward has already drawn up a shortlist of potential replacements which include Tottenham star Christian Eriksen and Belgian ace Youri Tielemans.

Tielemans is wanted permanently by Leicester after a successful loan spell at the King Power Stadium but they face a battle to fend off interest from the likes of United to land the Monaco man.

Eriksen, meanwhile, has admitted he is keen to test himself with a new challenge and the chances of a move to Real Madrid appear to be fading.

Reports in Spain recently suggested Zidane was unconvinced by Eriksen and would instead pursue Pogba, which now looks to be materialising.

Real Madrid is facing a need to ship out players in order to fund their summer spending spree without falling foul of UEFA’s financial fair play regulations.

Gareth Bale is amongst those who could be set for an exit, with Real Madrid reportedly keen to offer the Welshman to United as part of their attempts to lure Pogba to the Bernabeu.



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