Barcelona have reportedly agreed a close to 90 million euro deal with Juventus to sign Paul Pogba – with the transfer scheduled to go through in the summer of 2016. According to the Italian sports paper, Gazzetta dello Sport, a lunch held between officials from the two clubs ended with a consensus over the transfer which, due to Barcelona’s transfer embargo, will go through next summer and enable Pogba to spend one more season in Turin. Barca will reportedly pay just under 90 euros for the French international, with further nine million euros in add-ons.
It is thought Manchester City were prepared to bid big for Pogba, but the former Manchester United player reportedly has his heart set on a move to Catalunya. Barca presidential candidate Joan Laporta told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that he is the man to bring Pogba to the Nou Camp. Laporta is hoping to return to Barca’s top post on July 18th and is one of five candidates in the running to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, who is standing for re-election.
“The key to his signing is (Pogba’s agent) Mino Raiola,” Laporta said. “It’s true that I have a very good relationship with him and I believe that if I become president, Pogba will play at Barcelona.”
Barcelona cannot field any new players until January 2016 due to a transfer ban imposed by FIFA for breaching rules on the transfer of players aged under 18.