Manchester City are preparing a bid for Paul Pogba after Barcelona unexpectedly pulled out of a world-record deal that could have brought the Juventus star to Camp Nou at the end of this summer.
According to a report from the Mirror, the Citizens have been on high alert after the Spanish giants backed out of the race for their long-term target Pogba. The French attacker even had an outline agreement to join Barcelona this summer for a transfer fee worth £85 million, but because of the self-imposed financial restrictions, the Catalan club have informed Juventus that they would not be spending such a huge amount on the France international.
With Barcelona’s hands already full in order to find the necessary funds for new contracts for their superstars, bringing in Pogba for a lucrative deal now looks impossible for them. According to Guillem Balague of Sky Sports, Barcelona right now doesn’t have the financial backing to hand new contracts to their top players, making the situation more complicated to sign Pogba from the Italian giants.
“Barcelona cannot afford to give new contracts to Lionel Messi, Suarez and Neymar as it stands – financially they do not have the power to do so,” Balague said. “They need to bring a lot of money in if they do that they will be able to keep them, but if they don’t they may have to get rid of one.”
But Nicholas Godden of the Mail believes Pogba is keen to play for Barcelona and would also consider even a pay-cut to join the La Liga giants, potentially rejecting offers from Manchester City and Chelsea.
Pogba has three Serie A titles at his disposal and had a major role in Juventus’ campaign at the Champions League final round last season. Despite being a divisive player, the 22-year-old Frenchman still has the potential to be one of the best footballers in the world.
In the meantime, Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has now shifted his focus on a young central defender. Everton’s John Stones, Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos, and Athletico Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte are all reportedly on top of Barcelona’s list.
Former Manchester United starlet Pogba would have demanded a wage of over £250,000-a-week, and while the Catalan giants may have financial reservations, Manchester City will certainly be more than happy to pay that sort of money despite being a huge one, especially with a major possible squad clear out on the horizon after Guardiola arrives.
Landing Pogba would become a real statement of intent from the Sky Blues as they are desperate to dominate the Premier League era along with European football in the short term future.