Mino Raiola, the outspoken agent of Paul Pogba, has claimed "anything is possible" with regard to the player's future.
Such an announcement may perk up the interest of Real Madrid, who are reportedly interested in signing the Juventus midfielder, according to French paper L'Equipe (via Marca). Los Blancos have already strengthened their centre with the signing of Toni Kroos this summer, but Pogba's name continues to be mentioned with regard to a future transfer.
Raiola, speaking to Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport, insists the 21-year-old could end up moving on or committing to the Serie A champions, as reported via Nadia Carminati of Sky Sports:
I’ve not spoken yet with (sporting director Giuseppe) Marotta and I’ve no plans to meet him in the near future. Anything is possible for Paul.
He could remain at Juve without renewing his contract as he is committed until 2016. It is also possible that he could decide to sign an extension before the start of the new Italian season.
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This lack of urgency could open the Frenchman up to plenty of interest. Pogba's former club Manchester United, as well as Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona are also said to be courting the 2014 World Cup Young Player of the Tournament winner, as per the Daily Star's Bruce Archer.
While Madrid may be encouraged by Pogba's potential availability, the club's lack of decision on goalkeeper Keylor Navas is said to have frustrated the Costa Rican stopper. Navas emerged as one of the stars of the World Cup after pulling off a plethora of memorable saves for the underdog side, seemingly earning himself a move to the Bernabeu, per AS (via ESPN FC).
AS now report Navas is growing tired of Madrid's indecisive actions:
On today's front page: "Keylor Navas growing impatient – keeper is still in Costa Rica with no news from Real Madrid" pic.twitter.com/HaUEuiQL6l— AS English (@English_AS) July 29, 2014
Navas represents a bargain at €8 million, as noted by ESPN FC, something of a rarity for Madrid these days. The club has already spent lavishly without offloading stars for major fees, so they will need to think about cutting a world-class player loose in fear of UEFA's Financial Fair Play guidelines.
Spanish outlet Marca previously indicated Angel Di Maria will make way for £63 million, as reported via John Drayton of the Daily Mail. The Argentinian star, a key component of Carlo Ancelotti's fast-paced counter-attacks last season, looks to be the fall guy during yet another year of expensive acquisitions in the Spanish capital.
ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney suggested Manchester United are "keeping tabs" on the player's proposed move to Paris Saint-Germain. Nicholas Rigg of the same publication indicated Madrid will do well to sell Di Maria for the aforementioned fee:
I was one of the many questioning Madrid's sale of Angel di Maria but if they're getting up to €80m from #PSG then it's a good deal— Nicholas Rigg (@nicholasrigg) July 28, 2014
Di Maria's driving runs and ceaseless energy from a central midfield position aided Madrid's play last season. None of Kroos, Xabi Alonso or Luka Modric—Ancelotti's likely central trio—possess the same capacity to stride forward with this conviction. Pogba's game is developing a powerful alternative to Di Maria's all-out pace and could become a real asset to Madrid's play further down the line.
The European champions will undoubtedly watch from afar, but if Pogba becomes publicly available, a bid would make total sense.