Juventus have once more moved to deny that midfielder Paul Pogba will be sold this summer.
The French international is one of the most in-demand players in Europe and has been linked with a host of top clubs over the past few months. Recent reports have suggested that Juventus have demanded a €100 million fee before they would even consider letting him leave.
Barcelona appear to be leading the race for his services, and prospective presidential candidate Joan Laporta has pledged to do all he can to sign the former Manchester United ace if he is elected.
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Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid have also been linked, while Manchester United would love to re-sign the player they let leave Old Trafford on a free back in 2012.
However it seems as though none of those clubs will be signing Pogba in the current transfer window at least after Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta once more reiterated his desire to keep the 22-year-old.
He also revealed that he had held talks with Barcelona, who are banned until January 2016 from completing transfers, over a deal for Pogba recently, and that the Catalan club had made an offer that had been turned down.
"Whoever is interested needs to talk to us and not with [Pogba's] agent Mino Raiola", he said. "Barca cannot make any signings and Juve does not want to sell."
"We have negotiated with Barca in recent months. The player is not for sale."
Barcelona and Juventus held talks over Pogba after sending a delegation led by international sporting director Ariedo Braida to Milan.
"We have negotiated in a serious and correct manner as it should be between two teams that have a lot of history and importance in world football," Marotta continued. "The situation is very clear between Barca and Juventus after the meeting we had in Milan. Barca made an offer and we replied."
Regardless of Juventus' stance it seems as though the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City or even Manchester United could have their work cut out in signing Pogba, with Barcelona said to be his preferred destination when he does eventually move.
Pogba is now one of the most valuable commodities in world football, and he will be one of the most expensive players of all time when he does eventually move.
However Juventus are in a strong enough position to resist for the time being. Their appearance in the Champions League final last season announced them as a major player in European football once more, and they have won the last four Serie A titles.
It seems somewhat inevitable that he will join Barcelona at some point however and help make a great team even greater.
Is Paul Pogba really worth €100 million or should his suitors refuse to pay it?
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