Manchester United have rebuffed Real Madrid’s proposal of a Gareth Bale-Paul Pogba swap deal.
The Welsh forward is unwanted at Santiago Bernabeu after manager Zinedine Zidane openly said he hopes for the player to leave soon.
“Bale did not play [against Bayern Munich on Saturday] because he is very close to leaving,” said the Frenchman. “We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.
“The situation will change, I do not know if in 24 or 48 hours, but it will, and it’s a good thing for everyone.”
Meanwhile, Pogba is a top target of Zizou since his return as the manager. However, Man United have little desire to sell except any interested club is ready to break the bank.
The Reds will only accept an offer for Pogba if it will exceed £170m which makes it very difficult for the Spanish grand who have spent more than €300m (£270m) this summer.
Meanwhile Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has suggested his club could finally sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba before the end of August.
When asked about the possibility of Real Madrid signing Pogba this summer, Zidane replied: “We need to respect everybody, but the only thing I can say from the club is we know what we want to do.
“Something could happen before the end of August. We could have some changes.”