As per a report from the Telegraph this evening, La Liga giants Barcelona have not been deterred by their failure to sign Paul Pogba this summer, and will continue to pursue a deal following the close of the Spanish transfer window at the end of the month.
Pogback to Manchester
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.
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.
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.
Pogba vs Mourinho
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.
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 and Arturo Vidal having arrived.
But, if Spanish reports are to be believed, then the Catalan powerhouse are not yet satisfied with their options in the middle of the park, with multiple outlets having reported over the last fortnight that Barca are extremely keen on the signature of Paul Pogba.
In fact, claims of interest on the part of the Spanish giants eventually went so far as to suggest that Barca had tabled an official offer for the Frenchman earlier this week, with the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio and more having claimed that a (dismal) bid of 50 million Euro plus both Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina had been submitted to United.
Could Pogba yet end up at Barcelona?
But, while this rumoured bid was inevitably rejected, the aforementioned report from the Telegraph this evening has suggested that Barcelona will nevertheless continue to pursue Pogba beyond this summer.
The board at the Camp Nou are said to be huge fans of the gifted midfielder’s talents, and view him as the missing piece to the club’s options in the middle of the park.
As such, it is claimed that the Blaugrana are ‘monitoring’ Pogba’s situation at Old Trafford, aware that another falling out between the World Cup winner and Jose Mourinho could see the former push for an exit.
The Telegraph add that Barca are expected to return with a vastly-improved offer for Pogba either in January or next summer.