Real Madrid want to beat rivals Barcelona to the signing of France midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports.
Madrid-based daily, AS, says new boss Zinedine Zidane is a known admirer of the Juventus playmaker and had identified him as his first major transfer target.
The 22-year-old was earlier this week named in the FIFAPro World Eleven after an outstanding 2015 in which he helped the Old Lady to the Italian title and cup as well as the final of the Champions League, where they lost out to Barcelona.
Making the switch from Juve to the Santiago Bernabeu would be following in the footsteps of Zidane, who made the same journey 15 years ago and went on to establish himself as one of the greatest ever players to appear for the club.
The reports say that any transfer would cost upwards of 85 million euros while Los Blancos would face competition from Barcelona for his signature. Big spenders PSG are also believed to be keen on Pogba’s signature and would have no problem coming up with the cash to sign him.
Pogba, who joined Juventus from Manchester United after growing frustrated with life at Old Trafford has scored 24 goals in 107 league appearances for his club.