Barcelona have reportedly launched a late €160million bid to seal the transfer of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
However, this looks unlikely to come to anything, with Don Balon claiming the Red Devils have turned the offer down this week, with Barca now preparing to wait to sign the Frenchman in the future.
Long regarded as one of the best players in the world, Pogba has had a difficult time of things at Old Trafford and could perhaps do with an escape from manager Jose Mourinho.
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The Portuguese tactician is not one to have the best record of handling attacking players like Pogba, who really shone for France’s World Cup-winning side this summer after being given more freedom by Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps.
It’s easy to see how Pogba could perhaps therefore be a better fit at a club like Barcelona, who have a proud history of playing attack-minded and entertaining football.
The Catalan giants also need a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta after his departure this summer, with Pogba potentially the ideal candidate if he could get back to his peak form.
It seems Barca are ready to pay big for Pogba, but they’ll have to wait a little longer to get this deal done – and that’s if United could ever be persuaded to sell.
Don Balon suggest there had been some openness from United’s end, but they wanted Ivan Rakitic as part of a swap deal, which never materialised.
With the Premier League transfer window now shut until January it seems unlikely the club would let a big name like Pogba go when they’d have to wait so long to sign a replacement.