Juventus have rejected an €80 million offer from Barcelona for midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports in Italy.
The French international, who is currently out of action with an injury, is in demand ahead of the summer transfer window and is reportedly wanted by some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for their former player, while Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in the talented youngster.
However it seems as though it is Barcelona who are doing the most to try in order to secure his signature and Italian paper Tuttosport are reporting that the Catalan club have lodged a bid with Juventus worth €80 million. However the paper adds that Juventus have rejected the offer and are still hoping to keep their star player for at least one more season.
Barcelona are currently banned from signing new players until 2016 after being penalised by FIFA for transfers relating to under-age players. It has previously been suggested that the Catalan club will attempt to complete a deal and allow him to stay in Italy for another season on loan.
Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has previously suggested that Pogba could move in the summer if the right offer is made, however he's publicly ruled out a switch to Real Madrid, claiming that the Spanish giants 'throw away' players. Despite that Raiola was spotted entering Madrid's team hotel before their Champions League semi-final first leg tie against Juventus this week.
"Since the start of the year, I have received over 2000 phone calls for [Pogba]," Raiola said last month. "I receive 20 calls a day and at least a few of them are to negotiate, but the right offer has yet to arrive.
"I believe if the right offer comes along for Pogba and for Juve, then the transfer will take place. But the biggest challenge will be for the Bianconeri club to rebuild the team with that money."
Pogba is in line to make his return to action for Juventus in their second-leg showdown against Real Madrid this week. The Italian club currently hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg.
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