Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has reportedly informed close friends of his reason for wanting a transfer to Barcelona.
Despite interest from Real Madrid this summer, the France international is said to favour Barcelona due to a long-running desire to play alongside Lionel Messi, according to Diario Gol.
Pogba is one of the best players in the world on his day but has struggled to show that form in his time at Old Trafford so far, so it’s little surprise he may feel a move to an elite club side is one that could benefit him greatly.
Playing alongside Messi would make anyone’s life easier, but it’s also fair to say the style of play at Barca would probably also fit Pogba better than the one currently adopted by Jose Mourinho at United.
Despite growing talk that United could change managers after this difficult start to the campaign, the Independent suggest the club are prepared to be patient due partly to a lack of obviously available replacements at the moment.
CaughtOffside have been told, however, that Zidane has spoken to both Pogba and another Frenchman Anthony Martial about taking the job, encouraging both players to stay at the club.
Martial seems to be considering signing a new deal as a result of that, but Diario Gol seem to suggest Pogba is still focusing on leaving for the Nou Camp.
It seems highly unlikely that the 25-year-old will be on the move any time soon anyway, as the transfer window is closed for Premier League clubs until January, meaning that although they could still sell before tomorrow’s European deadline, they’d have little interest in doing so as they’d face a long wait to replace him.