Barcelona passed up on opportunity to sign Paul Pogba before Manchester UnitedPublished September 02, 2016
Here’s some news that Manchester United fans may find interesting.
It appears as though Paul Pogba’s heart wasn’t set on an Old Trafford return afterall.
Barcelona’s director of sporting relations Albert Soler has revealed the club passed up the chance to sign Paul Pogba this summer, despite having first option on the midfielder.
The France international left Juventus this summer after four years in Serie A, having completed a world-record transfer to United.
But, things could have been oh so different had Barcelona decided to sanction the Pogba deal.
According to Soler, Barcelona had first refusal on a deal to sign Pogba after securing an agreement with Juventus last summer which would give them priority on 23-year-old if the Serie A champions decided to sell him.
But Soler insists Barcelona’s desire to pursue other transfer targets saw them decide against a deal for Pogba, allowing him to secure a move back to Old Trafford.
“Last year we reached a deal with Juventus for us to have a priority option when they sold Pogba,” he said.
“This summer we decided that there were players that suited us better on a sporting level.
It’s understood that the player himself was desperate for a move to La Liga this summer, and was devastated by Barcelona’s refusal to sign him.
Barcelona’s loss has certainly become Man United’s gain.