European champions Real Madrid have asked Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola for more time to package together a deal to sign the Frenchman from under Manchester United’s noses, according to ​AS.

United are believed to be at the head of the queue to sign their former youth star, with reports claiming they could even break the £100m barrier to secure a deal to sign him. 

Real were initially reported to be priced out of the deal, but the new report states Madrid’s most recent talks with Raiola took place last week.

During the meeting, they asked the agent for more time to assess how they could carry out the transfer, meaning any hopes United had of being able to sign the player before the end of the month have likely been put on hold. 

The player himself is believed to prefer a move to Spain, though United haven’t been ruled out of the equation either. Madrid are in a position where they need to sell big before they buy big, and they’ve already splashed out a chunk of their transfer budget on bringing Alvaro Morata back to the club this summer.

Meanwhile, Pogba’s current club Juventus have warned both United and Real that they are not a selling club – through head coach Massimiliano Allegri – and the Italian even labelled a move to United as “a step back” while discussing the player’s future.

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He told ​Gazzetta dello Sport: “I am calm about the English rumours. Anyone who has the opportunity to leave Juventus has to consider things very carefully, because right now Juve are among the top four European clubs.

“This is not a selling club that just lets its players go. Pogba belongs to Juve and at the end of the day he too will want to win another Scudetto and hopefully the Champions League.

“We have grown in terms of appeal and awareness of our own capabilities. So far our market this summer has been eight out of 10, bringing in players of international pedigree like Medhi Benatia, Dani Alves and Miralem Pjanic.”

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