RUMOURS: Madrid give up on Pogba

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The world-record transfer fee required to convince Juventus to sell the midfielder and the player’s wage demands are too much for the Spanish side

Real Madrid have conceded defeat in the race to sign Paul Pogba, clearing the way for Manchester United to snap the highly-rated midfielder up, according to Sky Sports.

The France midfielder is the subject of immense interest from Europe’s top sides and it has been reported that he is likely to become the most expensive player in world history if he is sold this summer, with fees of over the €100m Madrid paid for Gareth Bale being mooted.

And as Jose Mourinho’s side step up their pursuit of the 23-year-old, the British outlet reports that Madrid president Florentino Perez has admitted that he is too expensive for them.

The transfer fee combined with Pogba’s expected wage demands is too much for Los Blancos, with Perez conceding his side cannot compete with the Red Devils.

Madrid are instead expected to turn to Valencia’s Andre Gomes, who could line up against Pogba in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France.

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