Zidane ‘set for January battle with Real Madrid chiefs over Pogba and Eriksen’

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and club President Florentino Perez are reportedly in disagreement over whether to sign Christian Eriksen or Paul Pogba in January.

Eriksen has hinted at a departure in recent months and will be able to leave Spurs on a free transfer when his current deal expires next summer.

However, rather than get the Danish playmaker for free next summer, ESPN reports that Perez wants to complete a move in January.

According to the publication, the Madrid President believes a £26.5m (€30m) offer will be enough to convince the North London club to part with the 27-year-old six months early.

However, it is claimed that the La Liga club could face a potential obstacle in the form of Eriksen’s preference to complete the move in the summer, as the absence of a transfer fee would allow him to request a higher signing bonus.

While Eriksen is thought to be Perez’s top target, ESPN also reports that he could face opposition from his own manager because he “has his heart set on signing Pogba.”

Zidane has made his admiration for the 26-year-old well-known but was unable to meet United’s £150m asking price for their star midfielder over the summer, despite the player’s affirmations he was ready to leave Old Trafford.

Although Perez has attempted to convince him otherwise, the Real boss is understood to be confident a deal can happen due to his compatriot’s strong desire to make the switch to Spain.

Pogba has made six appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils this season but has seen his game-time limited by an ankle injury.