Barcelona have come up with a secret plan that they believe will be enough to convince Paul Pogba to head to the Nou Camp, according to reports in Spain.
The French midfielder is one of the most sought-after players in Europe, and is attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs on the continent.
Chief amongst his suitors are Manchester United, who are said to be keen on luring their former player back to Old Trafford after he walked away for nothing in 2012. Recent reports suggest that Louis van Gaal has made the 22-year-old his top target in the summer window, and is willing to pay in the region of £60 million to land him.
Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are also in the running, but it seems as though Barcelona are gearing up to make big move for the former Le Harve ace. According to newspaper El Mundo Deprtivo the Catalan club view Pogba as the ideal replacement for Xavi, who is set to leave the club for Qatari club Al Sadd.
The report claims that Barcelona want to make their move in January 2016 when their transfer ban expires, and are willing to let Pogba stay with Juventus for the remainder of that campaign to stay in the Champions League. Key to their move is international sporting director Ariedo Braida, who is said to share a close relationship with Beppe Marotta, Juventus' general manager.
Manchester United may find it hard to negotiate a deal for Pogba given that he left the club under a cloud having not been handed the game time he felt he deserved, while El Mundo Deportivo claim that Real Madrid President Florentino's tactic of arranging a meeting between Zinedine Zidane and Pogba in order for the French legend to persuade his countryman to head to the Bernabeu has angered agent Mino Raiola.
Indeed, Raiola insisted earlier this month that his client had no desire to head to Real Madrid amidst reports a deal had already been struck.
"Real are a team that sees a player who has six good games at the World Cup and buys him," he said. "We don't want to go to a club like that. We want to go to a club that believes in Paul's potential. I am not closing the door to Real, but I'm not opening it either."
El Mundo Deportivo say that a move back to France with PSG doesn't appeal which would seem to leave Barcelona in the driving seat.
Forget Marco Reus, forget Edinson Cavani - Paul Pogba is the most in-demand player in football right now.
The Frenchman is such a complete player that he is almost guaranteed to improve any team - and that means fans are staring down the barrel of plenty of more reports like this. Barcelona do appear to have their forwards sorted out and have a hole in midfield for Pogba, but Manchester United need him the most.
However given El Mundo Deportivo's affiliation with Barcelona it seems rather convenient that every other suitor is dismissed and the Catalan club are made out to be clear favourites.
Where do you think Paul Pogba will end up this summer?
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