Barcelona have been ‘offered’ the chance to sign Manchester United ace Paul Pogba, though the involvement of super agent Mino Raiola could wind up scuppering a deal, per a report.
Pogba, 28, is in the final year of his contract with Manchester United. The club are understood to wish to tie the Frenchman down to fresh terms. However, Pogba is yet to make a final decision and is seemingly content to weigh up his options amid widespread interest from the continent.
Real Madrid, PSG, Juventus and Barcelona have all been credited with interest. If the lure of signing a top class performer wasn’t already strong enough, the potential absence of a transfer fee has heightened his appeal.
Indeed, Pogba will be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs come January. That would then lead to a free agent switch in the summer.
ESPN have now provided a fresh update on the situation. They claim Barcelona have been ‘offered’ Pogba with agent Raiola ‘sounding out Europe’s heavyweights’.
On their end, cash-strapped Barcelona are stated to be receptive to the idea of signing Pogba for nothing. With their crippling financial debts well documented, Barca are now heavily reliant on free agent signings.
However, a pair of obstacles stand in the way of a potential switch. Firstly, Raiola could in fact be a barrier to the progress of his client’s deal.
ESPN say Barcelona’s money issues are so dire that they may not even be able to afford Raiola’s commission.
Additionally, fitting Pogba’s massive wages into their salary structure would be a challenge. This comes at a time where many of their senior stars have been asked to take pay cuts.
Should Pogba ultimately depart, the report cites Monaco sensation Aurelien Tchouameni as potential replacement.
The France international, 21, was linked with United last week, and the idea of signing him to play alongside Pogba has also been mooted.
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Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher has claimed Manchester United are the perfect example of why Newcastle may struggle more than they think.
The Liverpool legend wrote in his column for the Telegraph: “Realistically, the initial Newcastle plan must be to target young, hungry players outside the top four. Players who want to commit to pioneering the north east renaissance.
“When the Saudi Arabians study the last 10 years of English football, they will know there is more to success than spending millions on new players.
“Manchester United have splashed out a billion since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and are into their ninth season without the Premier League title.
“They are the most obvious example that a football club cannot guarantee titles by being the biggest spenders. They must have the right people within the organisation spending it.
“Smart recruitment choices must be made. Especially as agents start seeing commission fees and pushing their clients towards St James’ Park. Clubs will eye an opportunity to offload their deadwood for inflated prices.”