Manchester United have reportedly slashed Paul Pogba’s asking price to just £53million as they look to move the midfielder on next summer.
Pogba has lost his place in United’s starting XI despite their slow start to the season, sitting 15th in the Premier League having taken just seven points from their first six games.
And United have decided they are willing to let the Frenchman move on for a significantly reduced sum, report Spanish publication AS.
World Cup winner Pogba is under contract at Old Trafford until the summer of 2022, but the Madrid-based outlet claims the Red Devils will offload him at the end of the current season.
Real Madrid have been linked with Pogba for a while, with the player openly courting a switch to the Bernabeu in the media.
Zinedine Zidane is a known admirer of Pogba having told the Real board he wanted his compatriot and Eden Hazard on his return to the Bernabeu dugout.
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The Belgian is in his ranks, but a deal for Pogba may now be more difficult due to their desire to land Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain next summer.
Mbappe is also under contract until 2022 and a move for the striker would be significantly more expensive than signing Pogba.
The forward said of Zidane earlier this year: “My first idol was Zidane for everything he achieved with the national team. Then it was Cristiano [Ronaldo]. He has won a lot and is still a winner after so much success.
“Both have left their mark on the history of football and I want to leave my own chapter in the books.”