Real Madrid is aiming to complete a deal for Paul Pogba before he joins up with Manchester United for pre-season in two weeks.
The French midfielder begins preparations for the campaign ahead on July 1 and Zinedine Zidane wants swift action.
Pogba has upped the ante by publicly announcing that ‘it might be time for a new challenge’ and Marca report that Real want to ‘fast track the signing’.
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United are still keen to keep Pogba who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regards as a key player in his rebuilding job at the club.
But it seems the wheels are in motion with both Zidane and Pogba hoping to link up at the Bernabeu.
Real begin their pre-season a week later than United so if they manage to agree a transfer before July 1, the 26-year-old would be afforded an extra week of rest.
Zidane faces resistance from club president Florentino Perez, who is unconvinced that Pogba is worth the huge outlay that would be demanded by United.
But the Real boss was given assurances he could rebuild the team in his image when he agreed to take the helm for the second time.
He is hopeful that a deal will get over the line by July 8 so Pogba could join up with his new team-mates for the start of their pre-season in Canada.
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Real’s business has been swiftly executed this summer and the club are eager to ensure a protracted saga does not drag on all summer.
Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard, Rodrygo, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy have already been signed and it is hoped that Pogba will be next through the door within a fortnight.