Real Madrid have dropped out in the race to sign Juventus midfielder and reported Chelsea target Paul Pogba this summer, according to his agent.
The France international has emerged as one of Europe’s hottest properties in recent years as the Italian side brace themselves for a flurry of big-money bids during the off-season.
Juve’s sporting director Beppe Marotta last week confirmed that there are a number of clubs willing to meet the 22-year-old’s £55 million valuation, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho reportedly interested.
Pogba’s former club Manchester United – whom he left on a free transfer in 2012 after failing to receive assurances over his future – are also said to be keen.
And it appears as if the Premier League duo have been boosted in their pursuit, as his agent Mino Raiola reveals that big-spending Real Madrid are not interested.
“Ancelotti isn’t interested in Pogba? That’s perfect! If this is the case, we are not interested in Real either,” Raiola told L’Equipe.
“I never went to Madrid to tell them: “Please, will you buy Pogba?” Never!
“Real Madrid is a club that used to buy players like they were buying a washcloth and then throw them away like a washcloth.
“The Real is also the club sees a player who plays six good matches at the World Cup and who buys him. We do not want to go to a club like this. We want to go to a club that believes in the potential of Paul.
“I’m not closing the door to Real but I did not open it either.”