Agent agrees deal ‘in principle’ for Paul Pogba to join Barcelona
Drew Bartle Head Sports Editor
In what could be a stunning bit of transfer news coming out of the Mirror today, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba who has supposedly seen his relationship with Jose Mourinho deteriorate, has seen a deal to take him to Barcelona been agreed ‘in principle’.
The report (via Calciomercato) says that Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has got an agreement in place with the Catalan giants, but it’s not clear if a move could happen in January or next summer.
Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal, who previously played alongside Pogba at Juventus is said to have been one of the driving forces in calling for the La Liga champions to sign the French World Cup winner in a bid to regain their top spot in the Champions League.
A quote carried in the Mirror, from Barcelona’s CEO Oscar Grau fuelled speculation that a move for Pogba is one the club would look to do if there was an intent from manager Ernesto Valverde and his staff;
“If the coaching staff ask for someone, we will look at it. We’re not closing any doors.”
The relationship between Pogba and Jose Mourinho took a turn for the worse with the stripping of his vice-captaincy and a confrontation after the League Cup exit to Derby County in back in September.
Having signed for Manchester United for a club record fee of £89 million, and since winning the World Cup with a string of impressive performances, United are likely to want to see a profit on their spending if indeed Barcelona have agreed a deal ‘in principle’ for the midfielder.