Mino Raiola has reportedly had ‘two conversations’ with Real Madrid in which he revealed the desire of his client Paul Pogba to leave Manchester United for Los Blancos.
The football super-agent was thought to have an acrimonious relationship with the capital city club, which would have proved to be a major stumbling block to any potential transfer.
But according to Spanish outlet Marca, Raiola has since put those differences behind him and has spoken to the Madrid hierarchy twice, voicing Pogba’s desire to swap Old Trafford for the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid have previously balked at the prospect of spending more than £100million on the World Cup winner, with other, cheaper options potentially available at the heart of midfield including Tanguy Ndombele of Lyon and Christian Eriksen at Tottenham.
But returning boss Zinedine Zidane is expected to overhaul the Real Madrid squad this summer, with L’Equipe reporting that he has been given a €430m war-chest to return Madrid to Europe’s top table after a disappointing season.
Star names including Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe could be enticed to join Zidane, who has also made no secret of his desire to work with compatriot Pogba in the past.
The French midfielder also openly flirted with the prospect of a move to Spain during the international break, telling reporters it would be a ‘dream’ to work with Zidane.
Pogba said: ‘Real Madrid is a dream for any kid or footballer and especially with Zidane.’
The Frenchman has rediscovered his best form under new Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Raiola’s emollient approach to Real Madrid suggests Pogba still wants out, despite the club’s transformation under the former United striker.
The 26-year-old is expected to return to Premier League action with Manchester United on Saturday when they take on Watford at Old Trafford.