Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has told the Italian club that he wants to join Barcelona in 2016, according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.
The news will come as a blow to the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, who have been heavily linked with the 22-year-old in recent months.
According to the newspaper, Pogba was impressed with what he saw during Juventus' Champions League final defeat against the Catalan club and has made it his priority to secure a move to the Nou Camp despite lucrative offers from elsewhere.
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Manchester City are believed to have made Pogba a sizeable contract offer but according to El Mundo Deportivo, the midfielder is more concerned with winning trophies in his career and thinks he stands the best chance by moving to Barcelona.
Juve chief Beppe Marotta and Barcelona's are said to have had a secret meeting to finalise the details of the "pact" which would finalise the transfer. The paper adds that Juventus want to save face by not letting him go this summer as they are concerned about the message it sends to their fans, so are negotiating for next year now.
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Barcelona are currently banned from completing any transfer business until 2016 because of a ban relating to the signing of under-age players, although they have already wrapped up a deal for Aleix Vidal from Sevilla.
Manchester United, who lost Pogba to Juventus for nothing in 2012, were trying to lure him back to Old Trafford but appear have lost out in the race for the Frenchman.
Chelsea are the latest team to have been linked with Pogba, who starred for France in the World Cup last summer. Reports in Italy today claim that the Blues have contacted his agent, Mino Raiola, over the possibility of a transfer.
If Barcelona manage to land Pogba they will be unstoppable. If Chelsea land Pogba they will be unstoppable. That's not only the mark of the midfielder's quality but also a sign of how close to being complete these two teams are.
This Barcelona side have just won the treble and are considered one of the finest in recent times - pair Pogba with Rakitic and either Busquets or Iniesta and you have one hell of a midfield. Same goes for Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas.
If he joins either one this summer or in the near future, put your money on them to win the Champions League.
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