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Real Madrid open Paul Pogba talks with Juventus



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Paul Pogba’s potential blockbuster move to Real Madrid this summer appears to be moving closer according to the player’s agent Mino Raiola, who has claimed that the 2016 Champions League winners have opened talks with Juventus.

The dynamic French midfielder, who is currently on international duty to represent his national side in Euro 16, has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world.

And despite staying reluctant to sell their star playmaker all summer, Juventus have entered negotiations with Real Madrid but the Turin club will sanction only a world record transfer fee to let Pogba leave the club this summer, whose contract with the Serie A champions runs until 2019.

“We are talking but nothing is decided. [Real coach] Zinedine Zidane’s wish is important. The club’s wish is important,” Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola said on Monday.

“We are in the initial phase. It’s not a negotiation. Both sides know what it wants and we shall see if we complete a deal or it ends in divorce.

“Paul dreams of winning the Ballon d’Or…Real Madrid is a fantastic club to achieve that.”

 The 23-year-old is targeted by a host of elite European clubs including Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United but Pogba is reportedly keen to work with his fellow countryman Zidedine Zidane in the Spanish capital.

“He admires Zidane. He has always told me that. This is going to be very important in his decision,” Raiola added.

“However, he needs to choose a project, not a coach, as coaches come and go. Pogba’s interest is not in being the most expensive signing and neither is it mine.

“The aim is for him to join the best sporting project and win as many titles as possible. We are talking with three teams and Paul likes the sporting projects of some of those.”

Pogba, who played a key role to help Juventus clinch a Serie A and Coppa Italia double last season, is now widely expected to join the La Liga giants not long after the close of Euro 16 in France.