Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba met with Zinedine Zidane in Dubai as transfer links to Real Madrid intensify ahead of next summer.
Pogba made the journey to Dubai to get further treatment on his right ankle and accelerate his return to fitness in a bid to ready himself for the Liverpool clash. Real Madrid were heavily linked with Pogba in the summer transfer window with the Frenchman also flirting with the club on a number of occasions.
Pogba's controversial agent, Mino Raiola, also declared Pogba's desire to leave United, with the player himself admitting it may be time for "a new challenge". Zidane was in the Middle East speaking at a conference relating to the integration of Artificial Intelligence in the sports industry.
Zidane has never shied off from revealing his admiration for Pogba but the Madrid hierarchy was against his signing as they preferred Christian Eriksen who would be a cheaper alternative.