The agent of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba says he cannot him quitting the Serie A side this summer.
Pogba has been linked with a number of top European clubs with Manchester United and Chelsea said to be keen to secure his signature. But in an interview with Italian newspaper Tuttosport, agent Mino Raiola hinted that only a move to Barcelona could make Pogba leave Juve. With the Catalan side banned from signing any new players until January 2016 that rules them out of the equation – for now.
“Juve are sincere, they want to keep him,” said Raiola.
“Paul wants to stay and in 2016 he will be worth even more. The chances of him staying are 99 percent, but then if he and the club change their minds I could sell him in 24 hours.”
He went on: “I want seven teams: Real, Barcelona, PSG, Bayern, United, City and Chelsea. If I did even a whistle, he could be sold tomorrow to PSG or City. But Paul has not told me to find him another club.
“PSG has the problem of Financial Fair Play. They have to sell in order to buy. But they don’t want to sell anyone. I do not know if they will offer Cavani and money to Juventus for Pogba, but it’s hard for players who earn so much to move to Italy. I don’t see Cavani moving to Juve.
“Barcelona would be a solution. We’ll see if the Catalans want to come back and talk.”
Raiola also revealed that Pogba was a target for Real Madrid during the summer of 2013 but that the asking price at that time – after just one season with Juve – was exorbitant.
“They wanted him 18 months ago but I didn’t like his attitude towards me,” Raiola said of Real chief Florentino Perez.
“Juventus were asking for €50million [then worth around £40million] but Madrid said it was a ridiculous figure,” he revealed.
Pogba scored the only goal of the game for Juve in the 82nd minute of last night’s Serie A clash with Sassuolo. The result puts the defending champions 11 points clear of Roma at the top of the table.