Sky Sports note:
“Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has reportedly met with Barcelona’s technical director Eric Abidal in the United States to discuss a potential move. The France midfielder has reportedly decided he wants to leave the Premier League club and La Liga champions Barcelona are keen to sign him.”
It’s reported talks were held at a private villa in Beverly Hills, as Abidal did not want to be seen meeting with a player under contract.
Barcelona have already signed Clement Lenglet and Arthur this summer, which is set to strengthen their midfield for the new season. Would there really be any calling for a third in Pogba?Whilst Manchester United have signed Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he is disappointed with the boards transfer dealings, having given them a list of 5 players he was interested in, and failing to acquire 2 of these signings.
Team mates, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini, Scott Mctominay, Ashley Young, Andreas Pereira and now Fred, have already given Jose a lot to think about when it comes to his team selection, will Pogba be fighting for a spot in United’s starting XI next season?
Pogba has had two mixed first seasons with Manchester United, and it certainly hasn’t been plain sailing for the £89.3 million signing, since his return to the club in 2016.But after his success in the 2018 World Cup, has Pogba given Mourinho something to think about? Or will the fractured relationship between the two be enough to see Pogba on his way?
Having been instrumental in France’s World Cup success, scoreing in the final with a strike from the edge of the penalty box, extending France’s lead against Croatia, Pogba is in demand now more than ever. Is it likely that United will agree a deal with La Liga Champions, before the transfer deadline? Could this be Pog’ba-bye’?
The Premier league transfer window is open until 9th August, but United could sell outside of this as Spanish transfer window is open until August 31st.
Pogba leaving would be something of a disaster for United and Mourinho, especially with practically no time to bring in a replacement.