Barcelona have already turned their attentions to next season after a somewhat disappointing campaign under Gerardo Martino, and have identified two players to significantly bolster their chances of winning both the Champions League and La Liga titles: Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona will make bids for both players at the end of the campaign, with Luis Enrique aware - and happy - with the club’s transfer wish-list. The current Celta Vigo manager, who spent eight years at the Camp Nou as a player, is expected to replace Martino as Barca’s head coach in the forthcoming weeks.
Barcelona believe Pogba and Kompany will bring some much-needed steel to the team’s frail starting eleven. With veteran midfielder Xavi set to turn 35 next season and centre-back Carles Puyol leaving the club this summer, the Catalan giants are desperate for reinforcements in key areas.
It’s believed that Juventus will be happy to talk to Barcelona if they receive a bid of around €50-55m for Pogba, who is wanted by his former employers Manchester United amongst other clubs, while Manchester City may be prepared to negotiate for Kompany, one of the world’s best centre-backs, after being informed that UEFA plan to fine them a massive £50m for falling foul of Financial Fair Play regulations.
Both 21-year-old Pogba, last year’s winner of the coveted Golden Boy award, and 28-year-old Kompany are regarded as indispensable members of their current clubs. However, the lure of turning out for Barcelona is likely to tempt both players into making a summer move.