Pogba: Manchester United play hardball over Real Madrid target

A report in the UK media says that Manchester United are holding out for nearly 170m euros for Real Madrid target Paul Pogba.

Real Madrid: Manchester United play hardball over Pogba
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Having signed Rodrygo, Eder Militao, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy, Real Madrid must now focus on strengthening in midfield, with Tottenham's Christian Eriksen and Manchester United's Paul Pogba the LaLiga giants' chief targets.

However, a report published in the UK media on Wednesday suggests that the 13-time European champions will have to dig extremely deep if it is to be Pogba.

United in strong Pogba bargaining position

According to The Mirror, Madrid are prepared to pay 135m pounds (151.6m euros) for the France star, but with United reluctant to sell and under no pressure to do so - his contract doesn't expire until 2021 and can be unilaterally extended by 12 months - the Red Devils are holding out for more.

Red Devils after 150m pounds for star

Indeed, the Premier League club are apparently set to use their strong bargaining position to demand a figure of around 150m pounds (168.5m euros) for the 26-year-old World Cup winner  - a fee that Madrid would be unlikely to part with.

Pogba, who cost United a club-record 105m euros when he rejoined the Old Trafford outfit from Juventus in summer 2016, made 47 appearances last season, scoring 16 goals and supplying 11 assists.