With Jose Mourinho’s future with the club still in doubt, Real Madrd are looking forward to this summer’s transfer session, specifically focused on Italy’s Serie A.
Los Blancos could be in the market for a shot of youth in the attack and the midfield, with 20-year-old Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang, according to Tuttosport, an Italian sports publication.
However there have been conflicting reports about Madrid’s interest in either player. Spanish reports claimed president Florentino Perez had sent a private plane to pick up the father of a young French player, and speculation immediately suggested Niang and Pogba.
Now reports have surfaced that Sky Sports Italia has shot down the entire story, but that hasn’t diminished Los Blancos needs for next season.
Midfielder Xabi Alonso is reportedly welcome to a return to Liverpool, and the Reds have apparently already discussed a wage for next season for the former Anfield hero. Either Pogba or Niang have the talent to one day fill the gap left by Alonso's alleged departure.
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Pogba made 15 Serie A appearances for first-place Juventus this season, scoring five goals. He is signed through 2016, and Madrid would have to hand over an estimated minimum of £11 million. It would be Pogba’s second switch in as many seasons, as he started his senior career with Manchester United in 2011.
At £4.4 million, Niang could be more of a bargain for Madrid if Milan really would sell. Niang wasn’t given as many opportunities to shine this season as Pogba, registering seven Serie A appearances and no goals, but can play multiple positions along the attack and is still growing at 18-years-old. He originally began his professional career at 16 for Caen, and has also drawn interest from Everton and Chelsea.
Los Blancos could forgo both moves and answer any questions about Mourinho with one more deal with Tottenham Hotspur.
The club is prepared to offer a total package of £50 million to Spurs, with £40 million for star winger Gareth Bale, and another £10 million in compensation for manager Andre Villas-Boas, according to the Sunday People. That same story suggests Mourinho has told Perez he will not come back next season.
The reported offer for Bale is significantly less than the £110 million Madrid was originally considering, and it’s the first time any amount has been tied to a Villas-Boas departure.