Paul Pogba would strengthen Real Madrid if he makes the move from Manchester United, according to the midfielder's brother.

Reports in England and Spain claim Zinedine Zidane wants to sign France star Pogba once Gareth Bale completes an expected move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning.

The rumours come in the wake of Madrid's humiliating 7-3 loss to city rivals Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup.

Pogba's future at Old Trafford has been in doubt since his agent, Mino Raiola, confirmed the 26-year-old's "willingness" to negotiate a transfer.

And his brother Mathias, a professional footballer formerly of Partick Thistle, thinks a move to the LaLiga giants could make sense for both parties.

"I feel my brother could help any team," Mathias told AS.

"If he plays for Madrid, he will help Madrid.

"I always want what's the best for my brother. If he feels Real Madrid is the best club for him, he will come."

Guinea international Mathias, 28, completed his own move to Spain over the weekend, signing for fourth-tier Manchego Ciudad Real after a spell at Tours in France.

However, the elder Pogba said: "I'm in Spain because I want to be and it has nothing to do with the possibility of my younger brother securing a move.

"We can't do anything about the rumours."

Nemanja Matic wants Manchester United fans to be patient as future stars like Mason Greenwood find their feet at the top level.

United have beaten Serie A side Inter and Premier League rivals Tottenham as part of an impressive pre-season campaign.

Young forward Greenwood, 17, has forced his way into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-team plans, while fellow teenagers Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes also appear set for bigger roles.

Optimism for a successful season is growing but midfielder Matic warned the Old Trafford faithful against expecting too much, too soon.

"Football fans want results, of course, especially at a club like Manchester United," the Serbia international told reporters.

"But you need to give the young players time because at 17 you cannot play in the same way like you're 26 or 27.

"The fans have to be patient so they can improve.

"I am happy guys like Mason are getting a chance and using it in the best way. I want to see them playing regularly for United and I'm sure if they continue like this they will."

Ex-Chelsea man Matic is a strong contender to be named United captain following Antonio Valencia's departure.

David de Gea and Paul Pogba also feature among a small pool of options, with Matic admitting the Red Devils are light on leaders.

"We have five or six top, top players but they are still young – players like Rashford, Martial and Greenwood," the 30-year-old said.

"In the future we can expect them to lead the team. They have the quality, they have shown that on the pitch, but they are too young to lead the team.

"I am happy to see them every day improving and learning in training and I am sure later they will bring United back to where it belongs.

"We have a lot of young players, Mason Greenwood is one of them.

"He has great potential, we can all see that and for sure United have a project and know what they have to do, particularly with those players of the future."

With Gareth Bale seemingly on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid are ready to launch a fresh bid for Paul Pogba.

Bale is expected to join Chinese Super League (CSL) club Jiangsu Suning and, with the attacker's wages off the books, Madrid are again turning their attention to Manchester United star Pogba.

It has been a mixed pre-season for the LaLiga giants, but perhaps that could change if they land the man they have long been linked with.

 

TOP STORY – REAL MADRID PREPARE £150M POGBA BID

Real Madrid will make a €166.6million (£150m) bid for Manchester United star Pogba, according to The Sun.

Madrid have rebuilt in the close season with the signings of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy, but Zinedine Zidane reportedly wants Pogba to increase his midfield options.

The France international would immediately add dynamism to a Madrid side that has been accused of being one-paced in recent years.

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- Romelu Lukaku seems to be inching closer to a Manchester United exit. Linked with a move to Inter, the striker has asked the Premier League club to lower their £80m valuation, according to The Sun. However, Juventus are also apparently in the race. Sky Sports News say Juve will offer Paulo Dybala as part of a deal for the Belgium international, while the Daily Mail report United want Douglas Costa.

- Nicolas Pepe is set for a big-money move from Lille, and it seems Arsenal are close to winning the race for the forward. Arsenal have agreed a £72m (€80m) deal with Lille, according to The Sun. But the report says they still face plenty of competition to sign Pepe amid interest from five other clubs – Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Inter and Atletico Madrid.

- With the dominoes finally starting to fall, Manchester United have reached an agreement with Sporting CP for Bruno Fernandes, according to Sport. United will pay £63m (€70m) for the Portugal midfielder.

- Arsenal appear on track to strengthen further. They are increasingly confident of signing Celtic defender Kieran Tierney, according to Sky Sports News.

- Everton are continually linked with a move for a forward and they are in talks to sign Juventus striker Moise Kean, Sky Sports News say. The Serie A champions want £36m (€40m) for the teenager, along with a buy-back clause in the deal.

- Radja Nainggolan is unwanted at Inter, but the midfielder apparently wants to stay in Europe. According to Corriere dello Sport, Turkish giants Galatasaray are interested in the Belgian, but only on loan.

Antonio Conte indicate Romelu Lukaku is the missing piece of the jigsaw at Inter and expressed his confidence his wishes in the transfer market will be fulfilled.

Inter are reported to have had a €60million (£54m) bid for the Belgium international rejected by United but Conte insisted signing him remained his "will and hope".

Valentino Lazaro, Nicolo Barella and Matteo Politano have been the club's standout additions in the close season, but after his side's penalty shoot-out victory in a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday the Nerazzurri boss spoke about the outstanding piece of business facing them.

"As I've always said, we're talking about a player [Lukaku] who isn't ours," Conte told reporters. "Therefore, it's not right to talk about him because that would show a lack of respect towards the player and the club.

"Lukaku is a United player, we know that the transfer market is ongoing and the club is working to try and complete the squad, including both incomings and outgoings.

"As I've always said, I have a lot of confidence in the club. The most important thing for me at the moment is to stress that I'm happy with how my players are working.

"We're working to create something solid. It's inevitable that we'll then go on to complete the squad, but the important thing is that those who arrive integrate well and possess the mentality that this group of lads have."

With a deal for Lukaku yet to transpire, Samuele Longo took his opportunity against PSG by scoring in the 94th minute to make it 1-1.

The 27-year-old has made just two competitive appearances during eight years on the books at Inter, who have sent him on loan to nine different clubs.

Conte sung Longo's praises afterwards, hinting the 27-year-old forward may yet feature in his plans.

"We're talking about a player who has a decent career behind him," he said.

"He was in Spain, where he played for Espanyol. He then played in a number of leagues and was successful in Serie B.

"He's taking part in this tour with us and has joined up with the group. We're talking about a really good footballer.

"He's made an excellent impression and is putting in a lot of effort. I'm very happy for him because he's had a long time out with injury and now he's ready to play."

Brendan Rodgers says there have been no changes relating to Harry Maguire's future at Leicester City.

England defender Maguire continues to be linked with both Manchester City and Manchester United, with Leicester rejecting two bids earlier in the transfer window.

Maguire, who started in a pre-season game at Stoke City on Saturday, is reportedly valued at £80million by the Foxes.

And with the Premier League's transfer window shutting in less than two weeks, Rodgers issued an update on the 26-year-old's situation.

"He's been brilliant since the first day of pre-season," Rodgers said of Maguire.

"There's a lot of speculation around Harry, but he's just got on with it. Like I've always said, we're all pretty relaxed with it.

"We're looking to prepare the whole team and squad and Harry's a part of that. He was excellent [Saturday], he's working very hard.

"There's no discussion. I know you guys [the media] are looking for updates, but there's no change from the other night."

Rodgers previously suggested Leicester had a cut-off point after which bids for Maguire would not be considered, due to the club's lack of time to secure a replacement.

"I haven't really thought about that," Rodgers added. "We have two weeks left to go in the window for all of the players. I think it's just a case of everyone staying focused."

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could be sold by Lazio, says the club's coach Simone Inzaghi.

Milinkovic-Savic is reportedly a target for Manchester United, while the midfielder has also been linked to Paris Saint-Germain.

United are said to be keen to sign Milinkovic-Savic as a replacement for wantaway World Cup winner Paul Pogba, although the Serbia international signed a five-year deal last October.

A deal worth €100million (£90m) has been mooted and Inzaghi accepts Lazio may have to cash in on their prize asset.

"I would like it if he stayed here at Lazio, but it is right that the club could consider an important proposal," Inzaghi said in a news conference on Saturday.

"He has had an amazing pre-season and I'm happy to have him with me. We hope that he will remain in the capital, but the market is open and we are open to any situation.

"I am happy to have Milinkovic-Savic. If he were to leave Lazio, we will have to look for a physical player that can also guarantee us technique.

"In my heart, I hope he can stay with us, but the club is right to consider an important offer for the player."

 

Romelu Lukaku appeared to hint he could be close to leaving Manchester United after posting a selfie with his agent.

The Belgium international uploaded a photograph to Twitter on Saturday showing him alongside Federico Pastorello, captioned: "Soon to be continued."

The post has fuelled speculation the striker could be closing in on a move away from Old Trafford, with Serie A considered his most likely destination.

Inter boss Antonio Conte has confirmed he would like to sign the former Chelsea and Everton forward, but reports suggest United have rejected the Nerazzurri's advances until now as they are holding out for a fee in the region of £75million.

Juventus are also said to be interested in the 26-year-old and it was reported in England and Italy on Friday that they could offer Paulo Dybala in exchange as part of any deal.

Lukaku admitted in April he wanted to play in Italy's top flight "sooner or later" and described Conte as the best coach in the world last month.

Lukaku has scored 28 Premier League goals in 66 appearances for United since joining from Everton two years ago, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to prefer Marcus Rashford as first-choice central striker.

Last week, Solskjaer described Lukaku as one of the "top, top strikers in the world" but felt United had coped well without him during pre-season, with the forward unable to play due to injury.

United have beaten Perth Glory, Leeds United, Inter and Tottenham in pre-season, with Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Rashford among their goalscorers.

They face Kristiansund in a friendly on Tuesday before meeting AC Milan in their final International Champions Cup fixture in Cardiff on August 3.

Their Premier League campaign begins at home to Chelsea eight days later.

Gareth Bale appears to be on the brink of leaving Real Madrid for the Chinese Super League.

It is reported the Wales star has agreed a deal with Jiangsu Suning, who must now finalise matters with Madrid.

Bale will apparently double his salary by swapping LaLiga for the CSL.

 

TOP STORY - BALE ON BRINK OF CHINA MOVE

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is close to moving to Jiangsu Suning of the Chinese Super League, according to Marca and AS.

The Wales international will reportedly earn €22million a season if he completes a move to the club, which is owned by Inter majority shareholders Suning Holdings Group.

Jiangsu must now finalise terms with Madrid before they can announce Bale as the biggest star yet to head to the CSL.

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- James Rodriguez will now stay at Real Madrid as the LaLiga giants want cover for the injured Marco Asensio, reports El Chiringuito. Asensio suffered a serious knee injury in the International Champions Cup clash with Arsenal, while James has been linked to Atletico Madrid and Napoli.

Manchester United have agreed a fee in the region of €70million with Sporting CP for midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Fernandes could end up replacing Paul Pogba, with ESPN claiming Real Madrid are confident they will strike a deal to sign the France star from Manchester United.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha could be tempted to join Everton, who are ready to offer £60m for the player, Sky Sports claim. Zaha has also been linked to Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

- AC Milan are to sign Rafael Leao from Lille for €35m, with Tiago Djalo heading the other way for €5m, RMC Sport believe.

Dani Alves, who has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester City, called Barcelona to discuss a return to the club, according to Sport.

Tottenham's hopes of a stunning deal for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala could hinge on the departures of Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen, Sky Sports News say. Rose has been linked to Juve, while Eriksen is reportedly a target for Manchester United and Real Madrid.

- However, Sky also say Dybala could be offered to Manchester United as part of a Juventus bid to sign Romelu Lukaku, who is also wanted by Inter.

Manchester United winger Daniel James is not afraid of receiving some "rough treatment" in his first season in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old was subjected to some tough tackling in the 2-1 International Champions Cup win over Tottenham, twice by Moussa Sissoko, and Mauricio Pochettino apologised for his team's behaviour after the match.

James was also something of a target in pre-season wins over Inter and Perth Glory, his pace causing particular problems during what has been an impressive first few weeks as a United player.

But when asked if he expects to be the target of tough tackling in 2019-20, the former Swansea City star said: "If you watch any of my games from last season, I think it's going to happen to me every game.

"I got some rough treatment against Spurs, but it's literally every game. I'm used to it. It's just about getting back up and getting on with it.

"Being a winger, I'm always going to get fouled, but it's just about how you get on with it. I don't let it get in my head and just keep going.

"The Sissoko one, I've nipped in just before and he's fouled me at the edge of the box in a good position. Part of my game is about winning those fouls and getting in good positions."

James, a reported £15million signing, does not expect to be first choice under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the coming season - but he is determined to make an impact.

"The manager brought me in for a reason. Obviously, my aim is to play, but I don't expect to play," he said.

"We've got amazing forward players here and even the youngsters coming through have done really well. Mason [Greenwood] has scored two, Chongy [Tahith Chong] has done really well and Angel [Gomes] scored.

"It's always going to be tough, but it's a long season. If it's not there at the start I've just got to keep biding my time and try to get in that team."

Manchester United have extended the contract of goalkeeper Dean Henderson and immediately loaned him to Sheffield United.

England Under-21 international Henderson spent last season on loan at Bramall Lane, playing every minute of the Championship campaign as the Blades secured promotion to the Premier League.

Henderson will return to the Blades for 2019-20, having signed a new deal with his parent club until 2022, with an option for a further year.

"The club has been amazing in designing an individual pathway to aid my development which will enable me to reach my potential and perform at the highest level possible," Henderson told Manchester United's official website.

"Signing this contract is such a proud moment for myself and my family; I've worked so hard to reach this point and I want to do everything I can to repay the faith the club has shown in me.

"I am looking forward to being back at Bramall Lane, the opportunity to be reunited with the coaches and play in front of the amazing fans again is one that I am relishing. I cannot wait to enjoy a full season of Premier League football which I know will be hugely beneficial for my career."

Henderson became the Blades' seventh signing of the close season, following on from Ben Osborn, whose arrival from Nottingham Forest was announced on Friday.

Napoli are one of four clubs to have had offers accepted for Nicolas Pepe, Lille's owner has confirmed.

Pepe's exit from Ligue 1 outfit Lille has been expected for months and the in-demand forward will now have to decide his next destination as interested clubs begin to make personal pitches.

Serie A side Napoli are in contention after meeting Lille's demand for €80million.

Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Manchester United have also been linked to the Ivory Coast international, who scored 23 goals in all competitions last season.

"Last year we asked Pepe to stay, with the promise that we would sell him this transfer window," Lille owner Gerard Lopez told Tuttosport.

"We have received offers from four big clubs that satisfy us economically.

"[Napoli president Aurelio] De Laurentiis has satisfied our request for €80m.

"It's up to the player to decide now where to go based on the offers his agent has received from the four clubs.

"Pepe will return from holiday on Monday and I believe he will make a decision in the middle of the week."

Portugal Under-21 international Rafael Leao could also be on his way out of Lille.

The young forward is reportedly in negotiations with AC Milan after netting eight goals in his first Ligue 1 campaign.

"For Leao there are eight interested clubs, including four from Italy," Lopez said.

Manchester United may have identified a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku has been heavily linked with a switch to Inter, although progress on the striker's potential move from Old Trafford has been slow.

However, United are preparing if the Belgium international does depart, with Moussa Dembele reportedly on their shortlist.

 

TOP STORY – MAN UNITED EYE DEMBELE AS LUKAKU REPLACEMENT

Lyon striker Dembele will be on Manchester United's shortlist if they sell Lukaku to Inter, according to Sky Sports News.

The former Fulham and Celtic striker enjoyed a fine first season with the Ligue 1 giants, scoring 20 goals in all competitions.

United have also been linked to Lille's Nicolas Pepe, but the report says they see Dembele as a better replacement for Lukaku.

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- Mauro Icardi is almost certain to leave Inter and the forward was contacted by Boca Juniors, according to Fox Sports Argentina. However, they say Icardi will not make the move to his homeland.

- Another forward set for a possible move is Radamel Falcao. According to Soccer Link, Valencia have expressed an interest in the Monaco star.

- Barcelona have continually been linked with a move for Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo and, according to Sport, the defender is their priority. The Spain Under-21 international is seen as a possible future replacement for Jordi Alba, but Barca reportedly do not want to pay more than €20million, even though Junior's release clause is said to be closer to €50m.

- Wilfried Zaha is a reported target for Arsenal, but it seems Everton could be ready to pounce to sign the Crystal Palace star. The Daily Mail says Everton are prepared to make an opening offer of £55m.

- Rafinha has options should he want to move from Barcelona. According to Sport, the midfielder has offers from Valencia and Serie A clubs Atalanta and Fiorentina.

- Borussia Dortmund want to land Barcelona attacker Malcom. According to Goal, Dortmund could pay €42m for Malcom, just a year after the 22-year-old made the move from Bordeaux for the same fee.

Andres Iniesta is adamant his former Barcelona team-mate Ivan Rakitic wants to stay at Camp Nou despite links with Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Manchester United.

Croatia international Rakitic has spent five seasons at Barca following a move from Sevilla in 2014 and has been a key part of the side ever since, making at least 32 LaLiga appearances in each campaign.

Although his coaches have valued Rakitic's input, some supporters have questioned whether the 31-year-old merits inclusion in the Barca team.

But in spite of United, Inter and PSG apparently holding an interest in Rakitic, Iniesta is convinced his former colleague has no plans to leave.

"I don't know if he is untransferable, but I know he is happy and wants to stay at Barca," Iniesta told reporters in Japan before his Vissel Kobe side face the Blaugrana on Saturday.

"I hope he can [stay at the club] and continue to perform as before. I would be happy for him."

One player linked with a move to Barca is Neymar, another former team-mate of Iniesta's at Camp Nou.

The PSG star is at odds with his employers, who have confirmed he can leave for the right price, and Iniesta is eager to see the Brazilian back with the Spanish champions.

"I have said it many times, for me, as a player he is one of the best there is," Iniesta said. "If his signing is going well or badly, that is something the club must conclude.

"They are considerations of the sports management. But as a player, he is one of the best."

Mauricio Pochettino has apologised to Manchester United over Tottenham's tough tackles during Thursday's International Champions Cup game.

Angel Gomes hit a late winner for United after Lucas Moura's deflected shot cancelled out Anthony Martial's opener in China.

Eric Bailly hurt his knee trying to block a shot from Son Heung-min and United's new winger Daniel James seemed to be targeted by Tottenham throughout, with Pochettino acknowledging his side were perhaps overly aggressive in their 2-1 defeat.

"I was a little bit annoyed about some situations, I was not happy," the Tottenham boss told reporters. "It was a friendly game and in some situations of course when you are tired, when it’s so hot you are not right with the tempo to arrive at the actions, sometimes you arrive late and something can happen.

"I apologise on behalf of our players to Manchester United."

Pochettino added: "It wasn't their intention, but sometimes when you are tired you arrive late and some things can happen.

"And I was worried because in this period of preparation it is sometimes you need to be aggressive and you need to play with passion but sometimes the focus is to build your fitness and develop the way you want to play.

"Of course I was worried, Manchester United, Eric Bailly got injured and I am sorry for that but he was alone.

"And always when the players start to build their fitness and start to fight for their place in the team, when something happens in the pre-season it's always tough and I was a little bit worried, but in the second half the game was a bit more relaxed."

A reported £25million clause in Toby Alderweireld's Spurs contract is said to expire on Thursday, but Pochettino was unwilling to discuss the centre-back's future.

"Nothing to say about that," he added. "I am very focused on working with the players that we have and the club provide us, the coaching staff, and try to help them to improve and work with the players who we are going to have at the end of the transfer market.

"My position from now for the future so you know, otherwise every time... I'm not going to talk about signing players, selling players, extending the contract of the players or not extending the contract of the players. That is going to be all through the club to update you if they want.

"I'm not going to communicate or talk about that, I'm going to talk about managing the squad that we have. To make clear because in the future if you're going to ask me it'll be a little bit weird because I won't answer because I don't have the answer."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accepted Eric Bailly's condition "doesn't look great" after the centre-back suffered a knee injury in Manchester United's win over Tottenham.

United clinched a 2-1 victory in Thursday's International Champions Cup clash thanks to Angel Gomes' well-taken effort in the 80th minute, but the main talking point from the contest was the blow to Bailly.

The Ivory Coast international had only been on the pitch for 10 minutes following his half-time introduction before going down in need of medical attention, having attempted to block a shot from Son Heung-min, who was flagged offside.

Bailly was carried off on a stretcher and later photographed on crutches with his left knee in a brace, continuing the injury nightmare he has had to endure over the past two years.

Manager Solskjaer could not offer any form of update after the game in Shanghai but seemed pessimistic about the 25-year-old's condition.

"It's never nice getting an injury and not worth it," Solskjaer told reporters. "He's done his knee, but we're not sure how bad.

"We need to get him back to Manchester and do scans. We'll hope for the best."

He added in an interview with MUTV: "It doesn't look great, but let's see how it goes."

United have been strongly linked with £80million-rated Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire in recent weeks and Solskjaer was asked if Bailly's injury will see the club intensify their pursuit of defensive reinforcements.

But he seemed to suggest he is content with the options available to him.

"We've had six centre-backs rotating here [on United's tour]," he said. "Phil [Jones] played first three games, then today Marcos [Rojo] and Chris [Smalling] took their chances.

"We looked assured at the back. You're never happy when you get injuries – let's hope for the best for Eric."

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