Fresh Bid Could Come In January
Barcelona will continue to pursue Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba even after the Spanish transfer window closes on 31 August.
The La Liga champions made an offer to United for Pogba earlier this month. A cash-plus-players bid of €45million (around £40million) plus defender Yerry Mina and winger Andre Gomes was made to United. The offer was rejected by United and both Mina and Gomes ended up at Everton – Mina in a £27million transfer, Gomes on a season-long loan.
Pogba’s relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho took a nose-dive earlier this year. That was after Manchester United signed Alexis Sanchez at the end of the January transfer window. There appears to have been a slight thaw in the relationship but Barcelona are still keen to sign the France international and will be keeping tabs on his situation in the coming months.
The Daily Telegraph claims the prospect of any possible move is being driven by Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola. That stacks up. Reports over the weekend claimed that Pogba didn’t want a move away from Old Trafford. Nor, as was being reported, did he demand a pay rise to £500,000 a week to put him alongside Sanchez in United’s list of wage earners.
The Telegraph claims Barca knew their offer would be rejected by United. However, it adds they will return in January or even next summer with a vastly improved offer.
Any new offer is likely to be turned down by United who would require a replacement to be in place before they even consider any sale for Pogba. Recruiting a £100million midfielder will be a lot more difficult in January than it will be in the summer.
United were linked with a move for Lazio midfielder Sergey Milinkovic-Savic over the summer; however, they regarded his valuation of over £100million as excessive.
Reports from Spain claim that Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Juve to sign the Serbia international before the Serie A transfer window closes this Friday. But having spent over £100million on Ronaldo this summer Juventus aren’t in a position to do so again. The 23-year-old looks set to spend at least the first half of the season – and possibly longer – at Lazio.