Yet Pogba remains Zidane's No 1 target in midfield, and thinks a potential transfer could be agreed between Madrid and United.
The Danish playmaker is entering the final nine months of his contract at Spurs, after angling for a move but failing to secure an exit in the summer window.
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Zinedine needs to add at least one central midfielder to his team in the January transfer window as several of his midfielders have suffered injuries in the last few weeks, and are not getting any younger.
The Denmark worldwide was one of the first names on Los Blancos's agenda in the summer transfer window and multiple reports had claimed that he was set for a move to Spain.More news: Daniil Medvedev sees off Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach Shanghai Masters final
But he was unable to seal a deal, and now would prefer a move next summer, as he could request a higher signing-on bonus because he'd be joining on a free transfer.
The key to the operation is making Zidane understand that Eriksen is not a short-sighted signing but a much-needed player for the squad.
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