Paul Pogba has already expressed his desire to leave Manchester United and the message was also publicly conveyed by his agent, Mino Raiola, with Real Madrid the desire destination.

Marca claims Madrid’s leaders and manager Zinedine Zidane have started to realise that signing the France international may be slipping out of reach.

And, the reason for that is United refusing to budge or show any weakness.

The Red Devils have slapped a €200m asking price on Pogba, which Marca feel is essentially the same a refusal to consider a sale.

Pogba’s exit from Old Trafford begins to become a more distant option, despite his wish to leave the club. It has become ‘practically impossible’ for Real Madrid to sign him.

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Unless and until there are surprises, the World Cup winner will likely stay at United and Zidane will have no choice but to look at other alternatives in the market. This what the slant has changed to.

Ajax’s Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur are other targets.

Matthijs de Ligt underwent a Juventus medical on Wednesday and Mino Raiola, who represents the Dutchman, was asked about Pogba, his most famous client.

“If he [Pogba] will stay in Manchester? I live my life day by day. Let’s see what happens,” Raiola told Tutto Mercato Web.