Real Madrid ‘pull out of the race to sign Paul Pogba to focus on landing Kylian Mbappe’… with the Manchester United midfielder now set to join PSG or Juventus when his contract expires next summer
- Paul Pogba will be out of contract at Manchester United this summer
- He can now secure a free transfer abroad with six months to run on that deal
- The France ace has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in the past
- But Madrid are no longer in contention to prise him away from Old Trafford
Real Madrid are not in the running to sign Paul Pogba as their priority is to secure a free deal for Kylian Mbappe next summer, according to reports in France.
Pogba, 28, has entered the final six months of his current deal at Manchester United and does not appear close to an extension.
Sportsmail revealed back in November that United have only made one formal extension offer to their £89million midfielder, which he subsequently rejected.
Real Madrid are no longer in the running to sign Paul Pogba when his Man United deal expires
Madrid are instead hellbent on snapping up out-of-contract PSG star Kylian Mbappe
But he is still waiting on a second offer to be put on the table, meaning a summer departure is currently on the cards.
Madrid have been heavily linked with Pogba in recent years, with the Bernabeu appearing his most likely destination should he depart Old Trafford.
However, French newspaper Le Parisien claim the Spanish giants are no longer in contention to sign him – because they want to focus their efforts on signing Mbappe.
The latter is in a similar predicament to France team-mate Pogba, as his contract at PSG is set to expire in the summer.
Pogba is now likely to head to either PSG or Juventus when his United deal is up this summer
It is believed Mbappe is weighing up his options now that he is eligible to negotiate a free move elsewhere, yet Real are seemingly the frontrunners to snap him up in July.
As a result, Florentino Perez and co do not have any immediate ambitions to sign Pogba, who collects a £300,000-a-week wage.
The United ace is therefore likely to join either PSG or ex-club Juventus if he leaves Manchester as expected this summer.
Pogba has spent the last five years back at United after sealing a return to the club, registering 38 goals and 51 assists in 212 appearances.