Chelsea and Man City battling Real Madrid in race to sign Pogba

Chelsea and Manchester City are in a battle with European champions Real Madrid to sign Juventus star Paul Pogba after Manchester United cooled their interest in the midfielder, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The France international has developed into one of the world’s best midfielders since leaving United for Turin in August 2012, scoring 22 goals in 117 appearances in all competitions, helping the club win the Serie A title in each of the last two seasons. Juventus also lead this season’s table by 10 points following victory over Atalanta on Friday.

Man Utd had been interested in making a bid to re-sign Pogba, but their hopes of doing so now seem unlikely, with Real Madrid now reportedly leading the race for the 21-year-old. However, Juventus are unwilling to sell, so it could take a world record transfer for a deal to be struck.

Man City would be able to compete financially despite being the subject of Financial Fair Play sanctions. Manager Manuel Pellegrini may also see Pogba as a long-term replacement for Yaya Toure.

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