Media reports from Spain suggest that Catalan giants Barcelona have backed away from Juventus midfield ace Paul Pogba and won’t enter the summer bidding for the France international.
Spanish publication ‘Mundo Deportivo’ claims Barca prevented Pogba from moving to Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain this summer as they wanted him next year, but a row with his agent, Mino Raiola, will see ‘Le Blaugrana’ fix their sights elsewhere.
It’s suggested that the Barca board didn’t take kindly to Raiola’s involvement with Joan Laporta in the summer Presidential poll, which it described as ‘impolite’.
The report adds that Barca’s withdrawal is why Raiola has been so vocal lately in linking Pogba to Barca, although he recently stated on Italian radio and claimed there was little chance of Pogba going to Camp Nou.
Pogba was said to want to go to Barca, particularly after playing against and losing to Barca in the 2015 Uefa Champions League final in Turin.
Juve were said to be holding out for a €100m fee, a price Barca were reluctant to pay but potentially willing considering the midfielder is only 22 years old.
Barcelona sporting director Ariedo Braida remains in contact with Juve counterpart Beppe Marotta, but other targets for next summer are taking precedence.