Barcelona sporting director Ariedo Braida has confirmed the club are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
Pogba has become one of the best midfielders in world football since leaving Manchester United in 2012 and has been linked with a return to the Premier League with both United, Chelsea and Man City. But there has also been interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, who have both cast admiring glances towards the 22-year-old.
Now Barcelona have joined the race to sign Pogba, valued at upwards of £60million ($91million), if he were to leave Juventus, with Braida admitting he has held discussions with his ‘friend’ at Juventus, the Serie A side’s general director Giuseppe Marotta.
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"We like Pogba, we like him a lot. But that’s needless to say. All the big clubs like a champion such as Pogba," Braida told Tuttosport.
"Marotta is a friend of mine and we talk about a lot of things. We have also discussed Pogba.
"He is still young, but already shows things of the highest level. It would be a hugely important operation for Barcelona, a very interesting one.
"Our situation is complicated, though. We can not register any new players until 2016 because of the FIFA sanction.
"It could be an option to agree terms for a transfer in 2016. That’s one of the potential options.
"It also depends on what Luis Enrique and what the board at Barcelona want. I am waiting for the green light from the club. Until then, I am working on it and sowing the seeds."