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Real Madrid could sign 70€ million midfielder

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As deadline day fast approaches in Spain it appears as though Real Madrid’s summer spending spree might not be over.

According to reports in the Spanish press this morning, Los Blancos are involved in talks with Sporting Lisbon over Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes.

Manager Zinedine Zidane’s team opened their La Liga campaign with a convincing 1-3 victory away to Celta Vigo up in Galicia, but looked anything but solid during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Real Valladolid.

Prior to the match, the 63,000 strong crowd was in a party mood, but after having watched 90 uneventful minutes of mediocre football the ghosts of last season came out to haunt them.

Now with a few days remaining in the transfer window would bringing in a quality midfielder add some spark that the team obviously needs?

Mundo Deportivo has a story they took from Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha, that suggests that mega-agent Jorge Mendes is in the Portuguese capital trying to broker a deal between Real Madrid and Sporting Lisbon.

Fernandes, who has spent most of his career playing in Italy’s Serie A has a price tag of 70€ million, which is 100€ million less than it would cost to sign Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba.

While I remain unconvinced that Real Madrid will settle for Fernandes rather than doing what they should and sign Pogba, there is no getting away from the fact that Fernandes netted 32 goals with 18 assists last season.

So here is the dilemma for Zidane, does he go for an attacking midfielder that can add some spice to the teams attack or does he resist temptation and wait until he can get the player he really wants?

Could a deal with Manchester United still be made?

No matter how hard I try the prospect of Paul Pogba in the team excites me and frightens me at the same time.

I think that as Pogba matures, he could be the person Real Madrid can build their team around.

Right now Manchester United just like Real Madrid in some aspects has a group of talented footballers, yet they are not quite gelling as a team.

You only have to watch Liverpool play to understand what I am talking about here.

Love him or hate him, there is no getting away from the fact that Paul Pogba is a very talented player, but there is the question of his attitude that worries me.

English football pundit Gary Lineker thinks that Manchester United should take the money and run as one play does not make a team.

Pogba did exceptionally well during his time at Juventus and if he can play like that for Zidane, then he would be worth every penny Madrid would have to pay for him.

What do you think? Should Real Madrid sign Paul Pogba or spend 100€ million less on a player like Christian Eriksen, or Bruno Fernandes instead?

Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section.