Barcelona board member Ariedo Braida says the club will not be making an offer for Paul Pogba this month.
Pogba was reportedly the subject of an offer last week, although there have been conflicting variations of how legitimate the offer was. One version suggested that the Spanish Champions had offered £40m, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, though that pair of players subsequently moved to Everton.
It was also suggested that Mino Raiola was behind the rumours, in an attempt to engineer a move or a better contract for his client, and Pogba has done little to dampen speculation with a series of cryptic comments.
However, Braida appears to have done his bit to dampen speculation, telling Radio Sportive: “I don’t think we’re going to move for Pogba, but he’s a great player.”
It could well be a political move by the Barca official. It would have been impossible for them to have prised Pogba away from United in August now that the Premier League transfer deadline has passed and Jose Mourinho is unable to get a replacement.
Furthermore, any such speculation would only aggravate relations between the two clubs, and with Barcelona having faced criticism and sanctions for their transfer activity in the past, it is surely the case that they would be keen to keep their relationship with United on a friendly basis in order to facilitate smoother negotiations in the future.