Barcelona have reached an agreement with Juventus for the transfer of France international Paul Pogba.
This is according to Barcelona-based newspaper Sport, who understand Pogba will join the Catalan giants in the summer of 2016.
Barcelona officials flew to Turin earlier today for a meeting with Juventus, who will keep the 22-year-old for one more full season before he moves to the Camp Nou.
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This spares Barcelona the problem of having to find a solution for Pogba during the first half of the 2015-16 campaign, with the reigning European champions unable to register new signings until January due to their existing transfer ban.
One possible option may have involved loaning Pogba back to Juventus or, if regulations allowed, for the Frenchman to keep up his match fitness with the Barcelona ‘B’ team.
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Potential world-record fee?
However, all parties appear satisfied for Pogba to stay with Juventus - the club he joined from Manchester United in the summer of 2012 - for one more season.
At this moment in time it’s unclear how much money Barcelona have agreed to pay Juventus - although there’s a chance it could exceed the £86 million fee Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013.
It’s been speculated, however, that the fee will be closer to £65 million - or approximately €90 million - which could potentially be excellent value for money for Barcelona.
Pogba is widely regarded as the best young central midfielder on the planet, with the potential to become even better over the next few years.
Barcelona can become 'unstoppable'
The legendary Italian manager Arrigo Sacchi said this week that Barcelona would become “almost invincible” with the midfielder in their ranks.
"His potential is enormous," the former AC Milan boss told Mundo Deportivo. "He is a player who is improving but at 22 , he is very interesting for any club.
“If Barca already has a fantastic team now, it would be even more so. With the attacking trio (Neymar, Leo Messi, Luis Suarez) and Pogba on the pitch, Barca would be almost invincible."
As were Barcelona’s fierce rivals Real Madrid, who will be smarting this evening following the news that Pogba has opted to become a Cule.
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