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Barcelona president hints at swoop for Paul Pogba

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has hinted that he could be lining up a move for Paul Pogba. 

The Catalan club are currently banned from completing transfers until 2016, but have been heavily linked with a swoop for Pogba.

Interest

The Juventus ace is attracting some serious interest from the biggest clubs in Europe, including Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid. Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has previously insisted that his client is happy to remain in Italy, but reports this morning suggest that Manchester United are looking at a £60 million swoop in the summer. 

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The Red Devils could well face increased competition for his signature though, with Bartomeu hinting that a swoop is possible. Asked about the French midfielder, he said: "No comment. He is under contract at Juventus, a club we have the utmost respect for.

'Outstanding'

"All I can say is that Paul is an outstanding player, so we'll have to ask Juventus if they have any intention of selling him."

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Pogba has emerged as one of the leading midfielders in Europe since he joined Juventus for free from Manchester United in 2012. He's helped the Turin-based club win two league titles since he arrived, and they are well on their way to a third this season.

Juventus director and former midfielder Pavel Nedved was quoted in La Parisien newspaper on Saturday as saying that Paris Saint-Germain had submitted a bid for Pogba, although that has since been denied by the club.

Opinion

Manchester United need Paul Pogba, and it's as simple as that. The fact he was allowed to leave in the first place was a crime. The fact they didn't get a penny for him makes it even worse.

Chelsea have also been linked with Pogba on a regular basis and he could be a perfect fit there too - the worry for the rest of the league is that if he does move to Stamford Bridge, then the Blues may well be unstoppable.

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