Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, has encouraged Zinedine Zidane to "drop his interest in Paul Pogba", according to The UK Independent.
Pogba is "desperate to leave Old Trafford" according to agent Mino Raiola and Zidane is keen to sign the midfielder.
But United are reportedly demanding close to £200m for the World Cup winner.
Madrid do not have such money to spend, after going big on landing Eden Hazard from Chelsea, who could get as much as £150million from the deal.
Perez also asked Zidane to bring Gareth Bale back into his first team plans, with Los Blancos struggling to sell the unwanted Wales international.
Bale has been frozen out of the team since Zidane's return in March and the player admitted he would be happy to run down his contract in Madrid.