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Christian Eriksen's future 'key to Real Madrid's Paul Pogba move'

Eriksen 'key to Real Madrid's Pogba move'
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Real Madrid reportedly believe that they can sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United if Christian Eriksen arrives at Old Trafford from Tottenham Hotspur.

Real Madrid reportedly believe that Christian Eriksen's future is key as they look to snap up Paul Pogba from Manchester United.

The Los Blancos hierarchy feel that, if United can land the Dane from Tottenham Hotspur before the English transfer window shuts, they will be more open to the idea of selling club-record signing Pogba.

Eriksen has been heavily linked with a departure from Spurs this window after he suggested that he wanted a new challenge, with the Bernabeu and Old Trafford mooted destinations, and Mauricio Pochettino's side have been heavily linked with two possible replacements in Real Betis' Giovani Lo Celso and Juventus' Paulo Dybala.

The arrival of either player could enable Eriksen to join United and, in doing so, pave the way for Los Blancos to get their first-choice target in Pogba, according to the Daily Mail.

The World Cup-winning Frenchman has come under fire from Red Devils supporters for a perceived lack of effort in his performances for the club, and has suggested himself that a second departure from Old Trafford may be best for all parties.

Madrid have already spent heavily in the transfer market, bringing in Eden Hazard, Rodrygo, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Luka Jovic for sizeable transfer fees, but the capture of France international midfielder Pogba would likely be the most expensive purchase of the lot.

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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