Pogba & Kante

Fernando Polo: Barcelona continue to push for Man United’s Paul Pogba

As per a report from Spanish journalist Fernando Polo, generally regarded as reliable, La Liga champions Barcelona are desperate to bring Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to the club this summer.

Return

In one of the most highly-publicised transfers of all time, French midfield maestro Pogba re-joined United in the summer of 2016, after making the move to Juventus as a free agent in 2012.

Pogba’s 105 million Euro fee was the highest of all-time upon the deal’s completion, with many having immediately questioned the decision of the Red Devils to splash out such a hefty sum on the Frenchman’s signature.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Paul Pogba (L) of Juventus celebrates his goal with Andrea Pirlo of Juventus during the match between the A-League All Stars and Juventus at ANZ Stadium on August 10, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

After a hit-and-miss debut season back in Manchester, Pogba started out the 2017/18 campaign in scintillating fashion, finally looking as though he was set to flourish into the player that had been on show at Juventus for several seasons running.

However, a thigh injury picked up in September saw the 25-year-old ruled out for two months, with Pogba having since failed to string together a consistent run of dominant performances for Manchester United.

Blame game

Much of the blame for Pogba’s struggles has been placed on the shoulders of Red Devils’ manager Jose Mourinho, with a public touchline fall-out between the pair during United’s 2-0 loss at the hands of Tottenham in January having seen the midfielder struggle for game-time for long stretches over the months that followed.

Relationship

As a result of his struggles on the pitch and difficult relationship with Mourinho off of it, Pogba has been heavily linked with a summer departure from Old Trafford, with Real Madrid, PSG and former club Juventus the sides most persistently touted as potential destinations for the Frenchman.

Spanish switch?

However, the last couple of weeks have seen a new suitor thrown into the mix by the media, in the form of La Liga champions Barcelona.

The Blaugrana have parted ways with both Andres Iniesta and Paulinho this summer, with Arthur having arrived, and Arturo Vidal set to sign from Bayern Munich imminently.

But, if Spanish reports are to be believed, then the Catalan powerhouse are not yet finished in terms of additions in the middle of the park this summer, with the aforementioned update from Fernando Polo of Mundo Deportivo this afternoon having claimed that Barca remain highly interested in Paul Pogba’s signature.

Despite Manchester United having displayed absolutely no intention to part ways with their midfield gem, Polo suggests that the Blaugrana are nevertheless pushing for a deal, with the Spanish champions attempting to use the frosty relationship between Pogba and Jose Mourinho to their advantage.

Though it is added that the operation remains a hugely difficult one, the board at the Camp Nou maintain hope, amid claims that Mino Raiola informed Barca of his client’s ‘dream’ to line out in the club’s colours, as well as team up with Lionel Messi.

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