Barcelona director Ariedo Braida has provided insight into whether or not the club are genuinely considering launching a bid for Paul Pogba.
As noted by The Guardian, the World Cup winner has hinted that he isn’t entirely happy at Man Utd, sparking doubts over his future at Old Trafford.
It comes despite being handed the captain’s armband in United’s 2-1 win over Leicester City last Friday, as they got their new campaign underway with three points.
However, particularly after his comments noted in the report above, it’s seemingly raised question marks over whether or not the 25-year-old is happy where he is, and in turn, he has been linked with a move to Barcelona with club director Braida now forced to respond to the speculation.
“I don’t think we’re going to move for Pogba, but he’s a great player,” he said, as quoted by The Mirror.
While that should put Man Utd fans at ease for now at least, that does appear to leave the door slightly ajar for a possible future move for the French international.
A transfer this month seems highly unlikely, as although the Spanish transfer window remains open for business until August 31, the deadline in England has already passed.
In turn, Man Utd will be unable to sign a replacement should Pogba secure a move to Barcelona until January at the earliest. Losing their midfield maestro would be a massive blow in itself, but being unable to fill the void that he leaves behind immediately would be hugely detrimental to their hopes of winning major honours this season.
With that in mind, Braida’s suggestion that Barcelona won’t move for Pogba seems accurate for now at least, but whether or not the situation changes in January or perhaps next summer, remains to be seen.