|Cristian Andal |||Jun 21, 2016 02:22 AM EDT|
(Photo : Getty Images) La Liga giants Real Madrid and Serie A champions Juventus are reportedly already starting their negotiations for the potential transfer of star midfielder Paul Pogba in the summer.
La Liga giants Real Madrid and Serie A champions Juventus are reportedly already starting their negotiations for the potential transfer of star midfielder Paul Pogba in the summer.
Caught Offside reported that the agent of the 23-year-old midfielder "has revealed that talks have begun between Real Madrid and Juventus regarding the French international making the switch to Spain this summer".
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Both Juve and Pogba, who is currently competing with the French national team in the ongoing Euro 2016, had been adamant that they will stay together for the foreseeable future despite the numerous rumors circulating about the midfielder's impending exit this offseason.
However, their firmness is soon going to be tested once Real submits its offer for the 6-foot-3 Lagny-sur-Marne, France native.
"We are in the preliminary phase of negotiations," said Pogba's agent Mino Raiola. "Pogba admires Real Madrid and (head coach) Zinedine Zidane and this is going to be very important in his decision."
Raiola then said that the Frenchman could cost Los Blancos €120 million to €140 million but that he is "worth whatever a club are willing to pay for him."
Meanwhile, Goal indicated that the "initial talks (with Real) to sign Paul Pogba do not mean his departure from Juventus is close to becoming a done deal".
The report quoted Raiola saying that "there would be no problem for Paul to stay at Juve" and that "he is happy there and they are happy with him".
Raiola also mentioned Juve's reluctance to sell Pogba even if it means a sizable profit for the club. He then said that Pogba was offered to "four different clubs" last summer, but the Frenchman "didn't want to go" as Ballon d'Or recognition and future titles are more important to him than "financial gain".
"He could have been the most expensive signing ever last year, but that's not Pogba's objective, nor is it mine," Raiola said. "What matters most is the project of the team, that's more important than the money. He dreams of winning the Ballon d'Or and being the best player in the world in his position, that's clear."
"Real Madrid would certainly be the right environment to win it - you can't argue with the club's history, they are unique," he added.
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