Zinedine Zidane is still holding out hope to bring Paul Pogba to Real Madrid this summer, but a deal for the Manchester United midfielder is no closer to being done.
The Pogba transfer saga has been running all summer, but will come to an end on 2 September when the transfer window across Europe shuts.
Zidane has been keen to sign his fellow Frenchman and Pogba also fancies the move, but with United not wanting to sell and setting a huge asking price of $200m (£180m) an impasse has been reached.
It appears that little or no movement has been made in recent weeks, but Spanish publication Marca report that Zidane is still adamant that he wants the deal to be done.
The Real boss is so keen to bring the World Cup winner to Madrid that he has been willing to sacrifice other transfer targets in the hope of securing his signature.
Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen are alternatives to Pogba and both would be significantly easier deals to do, to the extent that Marca state, ‘either could arrive in Spain tomorrow if he [Zidane] gave the thumbs up.’
However, Pogba is now unlikely to push for a late move away from United and with the imminent departure of Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan on loan, the club are going to be even more set on keeping him at Old Trafford.
Interest in Van de Beek and Eriksen now appears to have cooled, but Zidane could choose to refocus his aims and make a late bid for either man before Monday’s deadline.