Blaugrana directors Ariedo Braida and Alberto Soler are in the peninsula
on Wednesday for a meeting with Juventus over the future of the
superstar French midfielder.
Barcelona are set to formalise their interest in Paul Pogba on Wednesday
when directors Ariedo Braida and Alberto Soler travel to Italy to meet
Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta.
The Frenchman is the most sought-after player in this summer’s transfer
market, with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester
City also interested in the 22-year-old.
Pogba has now emerged as Barcelona’s primary transfer target, despite
the club being banned from signing players until January 2016.
With the Camp Nou presidential elections taking place in just over two
weeks, all the candidates – including current incumbent Josep Maria
Bartomeu and former chief Joan Laporta – want to buy Pogba.
On Wednesday, Braida and Soler are set to inform Marotta of their
intention to sign Pogba for the start of the 2016-17 season, thus allowing
him to remain in Turin for one more campaign. The plan is to reach an
agreement with Juve before the July 18 elections, though candidate
Augusti Benedito claims that a move would wait until afterwards.
Juventus are unwilling to listen to any offers below €80 million (£56.7m)
– a figure Barca with which are prepared to begin the bidding – and are
very unlikely to sell this summer following the sale of Carlos Tevez and
imminent departure of Andrea Pirlo.
However, the Bianconeri are more open to the possibility of a big sale
next summer, which could work in Barcelona’s favour, given their
Goal understands that Manchester City are prepared to break the world
record in order to sign Pogba, while PSG have offered the star €12m
(£8.5m) a season in order to return to his homeland.
However, the ex-Manchester United man regards Barcelona as his
favoured next destination and only recently revealed that Lionel Messi
would be a “dream team-mate”.
Madrid’s own interest in Pogba has wavered recently, with the club
enduring a difficult relationship with the player’s agent, Mino Raiola.
This has put Barcelona firmly in the box seat ahead of their talks with
Juventus on Wednesday.