Pogba In One Of Three Barca Targets
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been offered to Barcelona according to reports from Catalonia.
The France international – who represents his country in the World Cup Final against Croatia later today – only arrived at Old Trafford two summers ago from Juventus in a deal worth £89million. But he has struggled to justify his price tag and his relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho has come under some strain in recent months. Pogba was called upon to play in a deeper role following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal at the end of January – much to his dismay.
The Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims that Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola recenty visited Catalonia for talks with members of the La Liga side’s hierarchy. The aim of the talks was to discuss representation of some of Barcelona’s up-and-coming youngsters, in particular the 14-year-old forward Xavi Simons.
However, Mundo Deportivo claims there was an ulterior motive to the meeting and that Raiola effectively offered Pogba to Barca.
The Frenchman has been a target for the Catalan side in the past. In 2015, there were rumours that he would leave Juventus for the Nou Camp. But the Serie A side persuaded him to stay for one more season.
United will dig in their heels over any exit for Pogba. Both Jose Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward are unwilling to sell Pogba especially as there is less than a month to recruit a replacement.
Pogba is one of three potential targets for Barcelona. Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot and Sevilla’s Steven Nzonzi are also being linked.
United Interested Again In Bonucci
Manchester United are still being linked with interest in AC Milan central defender Leonardo Bonucci.
The Serie A side need to raise £45million before the transfer window closes in Italy on 31 August and the £30million-rated Bonucci is one of the favourites to be sold.
Italy international Bonucci only arrived from Juventus last summer as Milan splashed out £150million on new players. But their push for a Champions League place ended in failure and they have been banned from European competition for two years over Financial Fair Play irregularities.
But Bonucci’s agent counts against him. He is 31 years old and at an age where United tend not to pursue transfer targets. As such, a move to Old Trafford seems unlikely.