Manchester United star Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has revealed that Real Madrid and four to five other clubs were interested in signing the midfielder in the summer transfer window. The 23-year-old left Juventus and returned to Old Trafford for a world-record fee of £89m ($115m).
The France international left the Red Devils as a free agent and joined the Turin club in 2012. After spending four years with the Old Lady, Pogba developed into one of the best midfielders across Europe.
His form saw him attract interest from top clubs and Raiola admitted that Jose Mourinho was looking at the option of signing him for Chelsea last summer. The Portuguese tactician was shown the exit door last December and returned to management when he was appointed as United manager earlier in May.
Raiola confirmed that Zinedine Zidane was keen on signing Pogba this summer. The former Juventus star's agent has taken a swipe at the Spanish capital club after they failed to secure his signature, suggesting that Real are not stronger now.
"Mourinho already wanted to bring him to Chelsea last summer, but it was not the right time. Zidane wanted him at Real Madrid, but four to five other clubs were after him too. Manchester United now are stronger thanks to Pogba, but Real Madrid are not," Raiola told Telefoot.
There were reports that Raiola held talks with Pogba with regards to his club future during the European championship in France. However, the Frenchman's agent has ruled out those suggestions after confirming he went to Miami, where his client expressed his desire to rejoin United.
"I never spoke to Pogba about the transfer market when he was taking part in Euro 2016, then he went on vacation because he was very disappointed by the final," he added.
"So I went to meet him in Miami to get him up to speed. He explained to us what he wanted. Manchester is his home."