Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told coach Zinedine Zidane it will be "very difficult" to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.
Zidane has made clear his admiration for Pogba both publicly and privately, and on Wednesday evening, during a transfer summit at Madrid's preseason base in Montreal, asked Perez and director general Jose Angel Sanchez to make another effort to sign the midfielder.
Atletico Madrid have signed Kieran Trippier from Tottenham for around €25 million.
The England international had been expected to leave North London this summer and was initially linked to a move to Serie A with Napoli and Juventus mooted as potential suitors.
However, after agreeing a deal with Tottenham, Trippier arrived in Madrid on Wednesday where he underwent a medical before putting pen-to-paper on a three-year deal.
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Atletico Madrid are set to complete the signings of Kieran Trippier and Mario Hermoso after making a breakthrough in the negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur and Espanyol respectively on Tuesday, sources have told ESPN FC.
Atletico are finalising the details of both deals which will be completed at around €25 million each and that will serve to complete Diego Simeone's defensive overhaul following the summer departures of key players Juanfran, Diego Godin, Lucas Hernandez and Filipe Luis.