Real Madrid are convinced Paul Pogba only has eyes for them this summer despite his former club Juventus being linked to the France international.

Pogba wants to play for compatriot Zinedine Zidane and sample a new league, not return to Serie A where he spent four years from 2012 to 2016.

That’s the view of the Madrid board who want to test Manchester United’s resolve with a concrete bid before the end of this month.

 

Their capacity to make that bid depends on them making further sales and with them still making no progress in their efforts to sell Gareth Bale, moving James Rodriguez to Napoli for 40m euros looks like being their best chance of doing that.