Paul Pogba future: Barcelona wanted midfielder in 2016 but were priced out of move by Manchester United


Paul Pogba future: Barcelona wanted midfielder in 2016 but were priced out of move by Manchester United

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed the Catalan giants tried to sign Paul Pogba in 2016 but ‘couldn’t afford’ the Juventus midfielder.

The Frenchman instead returned to Manchester United for a then world record £89million to mark the beginning of Jose Mourinho’s stint in charge at Old Trafford.

Barca tried to sign Pogba in 2016

Pogba was strongly linked with a move to the Blaugrana last summer, with Bartomeu refusing to rule out a move for the playmaker before the season started.

The 26-year-old has now been mooted as a potential target for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who has been promised an expensive overhaul of the current crop of Los Blancos stars.

Pogba recently flirted with speculation linking him with a move to the Spanish capital, claiming playing for the European champions is ‘a dream for anyone’.

Bartomeu, ahead of his club’s Champions League clash against Manchester United on Wednesday evening, has admitted the LaLiga table-toppers were well in the mix for Pogba’s signature before he returned to the Premier League.