Pogba to Barcelona for $90 million? Reports in Italy say deal discussed

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Paul Pogba’s reign as the most-wanted midfielder in Europe is continuing, as Juventus’ superstar could be on the move to Barcelona.

According to a report in the Gazzeto dello Sport, Juventus and Barca have agreed a fee of $90 million for Pogba to join the Spanish giants in 2016 when their transfer ban is lifted.

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Pogba, 22, has won three-straight Serie A titles with Juventus since leaving Manchester United on a free transfer in 2011. He was named the Best Young Player of the 2014 World Cup tournament and his Juve side lost 3-1 to Barcelona in the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League final after a surprise run. Pogba’s dynamism and tenacity in midfield has become a hallmark of Juventus’ domination of Italy’s top-flight in recent seasons and his talent on the international stage has now been proven over the last 12 months.

Here is more of the report from Gazzeto dello Sports’ Carlo Laudisa:

Pogba to Barcelona in a year? He seems determined and the clubs do not mind.

Giuseppe Marotta [Juventus’ CEO], had dinner on Sunday with Ariedo Braida [Barcelona’s international sporting director], and Marotta seems to prefer the transfer to Barca in 2016, at a price already agreed at 80 million euros ($90 million]. This week may be a new Blaugrana blitz in Turin.

It is also mooted that Pogba’s value could increase to over $120 million by next year, so Juve are weighing up whether or not to hold on to Pogba for another season.

With the presidential elections at Barcelona set to take place on July 18, Pogba has become a key pawn for candidates Josep Bartomeu and Juan Laporta as they do battle to run the reigning European Champions.