Barcelona continue to thumb their noses at FIFA over their supposed transfer ban. The Champions League winners are supposed to be banned from signing players until 2016 after breaking rules regarding the acquisition of youth players.
But that has not stopped them from signing and unveiling Sevilla’s Aleix Vidal this week, and now the Spanish champions have set their sights on Juventus star Paul Pogba.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu told Telefoot:
“It is true that Pogba is a leading target of ours and obviously we are interested, but I can’t say anything more. We are forbidden to recruit players until January, so I can’t talk about it.”
How can you say you are forbidden to recruit players until January the same day that you unveil a new singing?
Juventus seem reluctant to let Pogba go, as Juve CEO Giuseppe Marotta insisted he would remain at the club.
“Juventus wants to win the Champions League next season and Pogba is an important player. He will be here next season for sure, 100 per cent.
The feeding frenzy around Pogba appears to be driven by his agent Mino Raiola, who is determined to see his client break Gareth Bale’s world record transfer fee. To do that, he needs to get the big teams like Barca, Real Madrid and PSg involved in an auction.
Left unsaid by Bartomeu is what happens if they win the auction for Pogba? Vidal cannot play until January 1. Would they spend €90 million on Pogba and have him sit out the first half of the seaoon?