Pogba & Kante

Despite interest, Barcelona consider move for Man United’s Paul Pogba ‘economically impossible’

As per a report from Spanish outlet Cope, La Liga champions Barcelona will, contrary to claims from other Spanish sources over the last 48 hours, not make a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba 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.

Ruled out

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.

Reports in Spain from the likes of Mundo Deportivo and more over the last 48 hours have seen claims mount that the Blaugrana view a move for Pogba as becoming more and more viable, with a financial breakdown of how a switch to the Camp Nou for the recently crowned-World Cup champion could come to fruition having even been provided.

But, as per the aforementioned update from Cope a short time ago, it is now claimed that Barca in fact have no intention whatsoever of moving for Pogba over the next couple of weeks, with the board at the Camp Nou viewing such an operation as ‘economically impossible’.

Cope’s Helena Condis explains that the Manchester United star’s wages would be the main stumbling block in any potential deal, though the hefty commission which would no doubt be demanded by agent Mino Raiola would also pose a problem.

Finally, it is claimed that the La Liga champions will be focusing their attentions on signing younger, more affordable players for the time being.

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