As per a report from the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio, La Liga giants Barcelona have seen a frankly-laughable offer for Paul Pogba turned down by Manchester United.
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.
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 finished in terms of additions in the middle of the park this summer, with multiple outlets having reported over the last week that Barca are extremely keen on the signature of Paul Pogba.
And, as per the aforementioned update from transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio tonight, the board at the Camp Nou have in fact tabled an official bid for the World Cup winner, featuring cash and a pair of players.
The Sky Italia reporter claims that an offer of 50 million Euro, plus both Yerry Mina (who has been heavily linked with the Red Devils of late) and Andre Gomes has been lodged, though it was inevitably knocked back.
Di Marzio adds that United have definitively ruled out the possibility of parting ways with Pogba this summer, especially with such little time remaining in the transfer window to identify and secure a replacement (the Premier League window closes this Thursday).