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Pogba given cold shoulder by another Euro giant as options dwindle for Man Utd star

Dan Burnham
Manchester United's Paul Pogba during the UEFA Champions League, Group F match against Villarreal at Old Trafford

Paul Pogba has been given the cold shoulder by another European giant as the Manchester United star’s options dwindle, as per a report.

Pogba and his notorious agent Mino Raiola are currently in talks with clubs as the January transfer window nears. After the turn of the year, the 28-year-old can sign a pre-contract agreement as his Red Devils contract expires next summer.

Real Madrid have already reportedly pulled out of the running. They supposedly don’t think the France international would fit into their squad.

And now their La Liga rivals, Barcelona, have also turned their nose up at the opportunity to sign him on a free.

That’s according to Sport. They claim Raiola spoke with the Spanish club’s president Joan Laporta on Tuesday at the Golden Boy and Golden Woman award ceremony.

Among the topic of discussion was the agent’s clients, including Pogba.

And when his name popped up, Laporta is said to have told Raiola that he is not wanted at the Camp Nou.

Like Real bosses, the Barca chief doesn’t feel Pogba would suit their current system. New boss Xavi has a clear identity.

That includes utilising smaller, more technical midfield players, like he was in his playing days. Pogba doesn’t suit this mould.

Man United have replacement in mind for potential loss of duo

The Red Devils have found their successor to Pogba should he leave next summer.

He has got significant technical ability. But making the most of his 6’2″ frame is also a big part of his game.

Not only does that play into Barca’s decision, but Pogba’s attitude is also an influencing factor. His problems at United over the past few years have raised question marks.

Overall, he looks like an unwise purchase. With the El Clasico opponents unlikely to sign him, Pogba now looks to be left with PSG and Juventus as potential destinations.

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Pogba out, Vlahovic in?

Meanwhile, United, along with Arsenal and Tottenham, are on high alert after Dusan Vlahovic rejected a ‘record offer’ to remain at Fiorentina, per a report.

The Serbian, 21, is fast becoming one of European football’s hottest properties. Vlahovic enjoyed a breakthrough season last year when bagging 21 league goals for Fiorentina.

Proving he is not a one-season wonder, Vlahovic has taken his game to greater heights this term.

He is operating at around a goal-per-game for La Viola this term with 17 goals in 18 matches. That type of return is enough to make Europe’s elite stand up and take note – and the battle has intensified…

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