Real Madrid's miserable pre-season form, has strengthened Zinedine Zidane's hand, as he tries to convince the club's board to do all they can to sign Paul Pogba, Spanish football expert Dermot Corrigan claims.
Los Blancos slipped to their third defeat in four pre-season games, with a 1-0 loss to Tottenham in the Audi Cup on Tuesday.
Their poor run has also included a 7-3 hammering by city rivals Atletico Madrid and Corrigan says Real are in desperate need of restructuring their midfield.
"The feeling I get from around the Bernabeu now is that Zinedine Zidane would still really like to sign Pogba.
"He's been his number one midfield target since back in March/April time when Zinedine Zidane returned to the Bernabeu [and] he's been talking in public about how great a player Pogba is.
The way that Madrid's pre-season has gone so far has helped Zidane's battle to get the club to pay the amount of money that they would need to get Pogba because results haven't been good, performances haven't been good.
"The midfield especially has looked as if it needs reinforcement and Pogba is the type of player that could fit in really well.
"Maybe he is the type of player they need in midfield. If they can get him properly focused and playing at his best he could be a real addition to the team.
"Whether they are going to be able to do it or not remains to be seen, but the way things have gone over the last couple of weeks has strengthened Zidane's hand I think in the discussions over whether they should really push the boat out to get Pogba" Corrigan told Transfer Talk podcast.