Real Madrid complicate Manchester United's pursuit of Paul Pogba

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TOP STORY: Madrid complicate United's pursuit of Pogba

It has been widely reported that Manchester United are keen to bring Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, a former United youth-academy product, back to Old Trafford for a British-record fee of £78 million. As Spanish outlet AS reports, though, Real Madrid are set to enter the bidding, something that Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport concurs with, claiming a €120 million bid could be in the offing.

In addition, the Independent writes that Real playmaker Isco could be offered to Juventus as a makeweight in order to soften the blow of losing their star man. According to ESPN FC sources, Man United could counter that with a makeweight of their own, in the shape of Juan Mata.

Pogba will wait to see if manager Zinedine Zidane's Real side, which won the Champions League, show interest, sources tell ESPN FC -- and according to the AS report, they will. The Frenchman certainly ticks all the boxes of a modern Galactico.

Juve seek Morata replacement

The Mail reports that Juventus could look to make a splash of their own in the market this summer after setting their sights on landing Edinson Cavani, Romelu Lukaku or Christian Benteke if they are unable to hold on to Alvaro Morata.

Morata has a clause in his contract allowing former club Real Madrid to buy back the striker for a pre-agreed sum, with the Spanish giants frequently reported to do so before selling the player on at a profit. However, an agreement to keep Morata in Turin could be struck with Real as part of any deal that takes Pogba in the opposite direction.

If that doesn't come off, though, the Italian champions have other targets lined up.

Barca priced out of Stones move

Barcelona believe John Stones will sign with Manchester City, according to the Mail, after the Everton defender's agent met with Camp Nou representatives but rejected a contract that included a £90,000-a-week salary plus bonuses.

Barca are said to have been tracking the 22-year-old England international since 2014, but the prospect of working with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad appears to be too good to resist. It is reported that the offer tabled by Barcelona was considerably smaller than what is on offer in the Premier League, where Chelsea and Manchester United are also reported to be interested in Stones' services.


• Real Madrid have decided against pursuing Man United goalkeeper David De Gea this summer and will stay loyal to current No. 1 Keylor Navas on the wishes of coach Zinedine Zidane, Marca reports. Although Florentino Perez remains a big admirer of De Gea, the Real president has decided to respect his coach's decision and will not pursue the long-term target.

• Watford could face a battle to keep hold of captain Troy Deeney, even though he rejected a reported £15m offer from Leicester. The Mirror claims Deeney, 27, is interested in joining the Premier League champions and wants to test himself in the Champions League.

The Mail reports that Kolo Toure is being lined up for a move to Monaco as he prepares to leave Liverpool on a free transfer. Martin Skrtel and Joao Teixeira could follow the 35-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester City defender out of the Anfield exit door as Jurgen Klopp overhauls his squad.

• Inter Milan are interested in signing Bastian Schweinsteiger on loan from Man United if he does not figure in Jose Mourinho's plans for next season. According to the Express, the 31-year-old Germany international could find himself surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.