Barcelona are hoping to complete a deal to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba this summer after contacting the in-demand France international’s agent Mino Raiola.
This is according to talkSPORT, who cite reports in Spain as claiming the Catalan giants have joined the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid in the race to sign the 21-year-old.
Barcelona, despite their existing transfer ban, are able to sign players when the transfer window re-opens this summer - but would not be able to finalise a move for Pogba until January 2016, the date FIFA will allow the Nou Camp club to register new signings.
Everyone wants Pogba
Pogba - who is also on the radar of Arsenal, Manchester City and Paris Saint-German, and is valued to be worth £80 million - has become one of the world’s most sought-after central midfielder thanks to his consistently excellent performances for both Juventus and France over the past two years.
His decision to leave Manchester United in 2012 after failing to earn the first-team opportunities he craved under Sir Alex Ferguson proved to be an inspired one - and the Red Devils would now need to pay a fortune to re-sign the former starlet who they saw walk away from Old Trafford for nothing two-and-a-half years ago.
Fresh reports, however, claim Pogba has informed Manchester United that he has no desire to return to Old Trafford - even though he has stated in interviews since leaving the Red Devils that he still loves the club.
Pogba would suit Barcelona
The chance to link up with Lionel Messi, Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez and others at the Camp Nou is likely to appeal to any top player - particularly one who knows he’s good enough to break into Barcelona’s first team - with ambitions of maximising his potential.
Xavi is coming to the end of his career, and while Pogba is a different type of midfielder to the Camp Nou legend, he may suit Luis Enrique’s slightly more direct style of play.
In truth, Pogba could walk into the starting line-up of every top European side at the moment. The fact he doesn’t turn 22 until next month and is several years away from reaching his peak years makes him an extremely interesting proposition for every club with ambitions of winning domestic titles and the Champions League.
Pogba is, potentially, a future Ballon d’Or winner - and for this reason £80 million would be a relatively small sum of money for a player who could repay that transfer fee within a matter of years.
Barcelona could improve with a midfielder like Pogba - they have lacked a central midfielder with power and real presence since allowing Yaya Toure to leave for Manchester City in 2010 - but the fact they are unable to register the player until January means there’s every chance he could move elsewhere this summer.
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