- Can Barcelona still sign French star Paul Pogba this summer?
- The 25-year-old is keen to leave Manchester United this summer as he is not happy with Mourinho’s playing style
Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo has today reported that Barcelona are yet to completely close the door on signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United this summer. However, the paper’s Paul Pogba Transfer News sources revealed that the fact that Jose Mourinho failed to bring in world class midfielder and the English transfer window has now closed will certainly be a handicap for Barca to close their desired signing.
Pogba has a strained relationship with Mourinho
While the deal will no doubt be complicated, there are relevant arguments which are bound to give Barcelona hope. One such important point in this operation ‘Paul Pogba Barcelona’ is that the player is himself very determined to leave United as his relationship with Mourinho has hit rock bottom. The club’s inability to bring in able replacements this summer will not deter Pogba from seeking a move away.
The fact is that Pogba wants to leave Old Trafford and him and his agent are working day and night to make it happen. Ever since the ‘Paul Pogba Barcelona’ rumours started, not a single word has come from the player’s mouth to highlight his commitment to United or to bury these rumours about his departure.
Former players and coaches are divided on the situation. Former England and Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand has pleaded the club to come out in the open and end the rumours surrounding Pogba. Veteran coach Sam Allardyce meanwhile said that “I would sell Pogba and I am sure that if Sir Alex Ferguson was there, he would do the same. He is not a player who makes headlines on the pitch every week.”
Pogba the perfect fit for Barcelona
Those in power at Barcelona are convinced that Pogba is a player who will excite the Camp Nou faithful and they have successfully maintained contact with super agent Mino Raiola. President Josep Maria Bartomeu and Eric Abidal‘s assistant Ramon Planes both have a fluid working relationship with Raiola.
Further, the reigning La Liga champions are clear that if a reinforcement has to come in, the player must be really good and must be an asset to the club both economically and in sporting terms. Pogba ticks both boxes perfectly. While he would certainly improve the first team with his quality, the French star would also be a wonderful inclusion for the global image of the club at the media and marketing level.
The problem with pursuing Pogba is that he does not have a release clause in his current Manchester United contract. However, it has to be noted that in British football there is always a way out which the players can use to force an exit from their current clubs if they are dissatisfied with their situation and consider that they are stuck in an unpleasant working situation.
The way out is the ‘Transfer Request’, which is an official request to sanction a sale. Philippe Coutinho successfully used it to hasten his exit from Liverpool last summer which ultimately bore fruit in January. If nothing can be worked out on cordial terms, Pogba might just take that route and until August 31, a lot remains to be seen.
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