Real Madrid have accepted it is likely they will have to play the pending game in their attempt to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba this summer.
The World Cup wins midfielder seeking a step away from Old Trafford after he told reporters in Japan last month that he was looking for a "new challenge".
Pogba's old side Juventus is among those who are said to be interested in the player, but Madrid remains the leading runners, where manager Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of his Frenchman.
But the club is aware that every possible deal will be complicated.
United are holding a fee of close to £ 200m to consider selling Pogba, and Madrid is looking to sell fringe players such as Gareth Bale, Isco and Lucas Vazquez to try to raise the necessary funds.
Therefore, any deal can go down to the last days of the transition window, when the market in England closes on August 8, but the Spanish remains open almost a month later.
Having already signed Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo, Madrid's summer expenses are already over 300 million. £, and they know there is a desperate need to offload players before they can bring others in, let alone a player with Pogba payroll.
The deal may resemble that of Madrid's ultimately unsuccessful attempt to sign David De Gea in 2015, when negotiations only began on the final day of the transition window, although they hope this time they can finish all parts of the deal in time
The 26-year-old is likely to participate in United's first game in their pre-season tour on Saturday when they take Perth Glory despite speculation after him.
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