Spanish newspaper Sport has suggested that Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is Real Madrid’s priority midfield signing this summer, in a transfer which could benefit a trio of Premier League sides.
The Frenchman has progressed tremendously since he left Old Trafford to move to Serie A and any transfer to the Bernabeu could create several knock on effects which impact Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
The Premier League trio have all been linked with moves for Real Madrid midfielders, which could be more realistic if Pogba moves to the current European champions.
Chelsea and Manchester City are reported to have a deep interest in signing youngster Isco while Manchester United have been linked with a move for German holding player Sami Khedira.
Pogba is a creative and attacking midfielder who bagged nine goals and 16 assists for Juventus in all competitions last season, which suggests if Real complete a deal for him, they’ll be more willing to let a creative player of their own leave.
Isco definitely falls into that category and while he started the season strongly under Carlo Ancelotti, he’s lost his place as more experienced squad members have come back into the first team.
Xabi Alonso confirmed his status as one of Real Madrid’s most important players when he returned to the side from injury while Luka Modric maintained a solid level of consistency throughout the campaign.
While Chelsea have been strongly linked with Isco, it’s his past with Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini which seemingly gives the Premier League champions the advantage in terms of signing him if he is moved on this summer.
Manchester United’s chances of getting Khedira under Louis van Gaal are harder to gauge because his position is completely different to that of Pogba.
Khedira was underwhelming during the Champions League final last weekend, which could prompt Carlo Ancelotti and Florentino Perez to accept a big money offer if it comes the club’s way, but they may want a direct replacement in place before any deal happens.
The biggest doubt over these deals comes from Sport’s claims that Alvaro Morata and Fabio Coentrao could be included in the same deal, worth a totalled €65 million Euros. It should be fascinating to see how it pans out.