Real Madrid have taken the unusual step of releasing a statement to formally deny a report that claimed they had bid for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
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Los Blancos short press release on their official website denies claims published in Italian newspaper La Stampa which said there had been an offer from the La Liga giants for the player.
The statement then goes on to say there has been no contact with either the player, his representatives or his club and, rather strongly, insists the information published is ‘completely false’.
This will be welcome news at Stamford Bridge where Pogba is thought to be a major transfer target for Jose Mourinho, though the Daily Express said just today that the Blues were reeling after discovering the Frenchman’s incredible wage demands.
However, just what this statement actually means in the context of a transfer for Paul Pogba and Real Madrid, a move that has been heavily touted both before and after Juve’s Champions League semi-final win over the Spanish giants, is unclear.
Could it be that Real are actually in for the player but have been told any leaks could jeopardise a deal and are thus looking to protect their interests?
It’s certainly an unprecedented and bizarre move to deny seemingly innocent and obviously tenuous transfer guff.