Real Madrid receive major boost in Paul Pogba pursuit

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Pogba's time at United appears to be nearing its conclusion

Manchester United are reportedly preparing an opening bid worth £18m as they seek to land the signature of Sean Longstaff from Newcastle United this summer.

The Daily Mail has reported that the United board "are distinctly unimpressed with [his comments], but as far as they're concerned Pogba will be at the club next season".

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Speculation on a possible move to Real Madrid or a return to former club Juventus has been mounting since a season in which Pogba faced criticism at times for his performances with United. While the Frenchman has had his fair share of ups and downs and also a few controversies, there is no denying the fact that he is the player through whom the moves flow for the Red Devils.

Despite publicly insisting Pogba is not for sale, there is an acceptance within United keeping a disenchanted player is if little value, which is why they have set a fee of £150m for potential buyers.

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They also mention Real's £90m offer, although they do add that Real are aware that it will likely take far more to actually sign Pogba. Barcelona and Real Madrid. But, midfield remains one final area of concern that must be addressed. However if Manchester United continue to refuse to speak to Real Madrid, Pogba's only option will be to formally hand in a transfer request.

"I think the great thing about this team, this England camp, we have a bit of fun and a laugh and a joke, but when we are here it is 100 percent England", said Kane on Tuesday. I am thinking of this: "to have a new challenge somewhere else".

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The latest comments are the clearest indicators yet that Pogba is ready to leave Manchester United. They are aware that if they want to fast track the signing of Pogba, they will have to pay more than 150 million euros.

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