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Real Madrid won't break the bank to sign Paul Pogba

L'Équipe published quotes from a Real Madrid official who disclosed that the club will not be going all out to sign the French midfielder from Manchester United.

With Rodrygo, Éder Militão, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy all on board,  Real Madrid are now looking to sign a midfielder. Paul Pogba is Zinedine Zidane's preferred choice and Christian Eriksen is also on the list of candidates. According to L'Équipe, Madrid, who have already broken their club record for expenditure during a transfer window, won't be breaking the bank to add Pogba to their new-look team.

L'Équipe detail the limits which Madrid have set regarding their interest in the Manchester United star, who is back on Juventus' radar. Pogba's agent Mino Raiola will naturally be looking for the best deal for his client but as far as Madrid are concerned, they certainly won't be entering a bidding war for the player.

Salary cap

The French publication also included quotes from an unnamed, high-ranking official at Real Madrid, who explained: "If Neymar or Mbappé join, we could easily afford to pay the kind of  salary that they would command - 20 million euros because they are world superstars but a player like Pogba, who is a very good player, it's not the case - we couldn't bring him in and instantly make him the best-paid player in the squad. He needs to think things through and talk it over with those who handle his affairs".

Reading between the lines, it appears that the player's agent is employing tactics to get more money for the French midfielder and as a consequence, boost his own commission fees in any operation.