May 21 (Sporting Alert) — Paul Pogba isn’t looking for a return to the English Premier League, despite constantly being linked with a move back to England.
At least this is the word coming from media outlets in Europe, as the player prepares to make a decision on his future in the summer.
Spanish daily Sport is reporting that the Juventus midfielder, who is valued at £60 million, would welcome a move to play for Barcelona, should the Catalan club’s transfer ban lifted.
Pogba, who left Manchester United to sign with Serie A champions Juventus in 2012, has been the most sorted after youngster in Europe in the last few years, with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and the Red Devils, all being linked with him.
However, it is understood the Frenchman would rather make ‘his dream move’ to Barcelona, where he would feature alongside the Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar and Andres Iniesta at Camp Nou.
European powerhouses Real Madrid and the big spending Paris Saint-Germain, have also reportedly shown interest in signing the 22-year-old, although he’s been distancing himself from both.
According to reports in Spain, Barcelona have already made a mini contact with the player’s agent, and could move into advanced talk when Juventus take on Barca in the Champions League final in Berlin next month.
Real Madrid, who were knocked out of the Champions League by the Old Lady, were believed to have been in pole position to sign Pogba when things were going well for them at the start of the year.
But the player and his agent Mino Raiola, have been keeping tabs on the uncertainty of top players and manager Carlo Ancelotti at the Spanish giants, and they feel the current situation at Bernabeu, isn’t stable enough to make that switch.
Manchester City, reports say, are refusing to go away and are even willing to break the bank to bring Pobga to Etihad Stadium, as Manuel Pellegrini tries to win back the Premier League title he surrendered to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea this season.
Energetic midfielder Yaya Toure looks well set to join Inter Milan in the summer, with his representatives talking up a possible summer move and Pellegrini believes Pobga would be the ideal replacement for the Ivory Coast international.
Nevertheless, Juventus are still hoping to persuade their star player to snub all his interest and stay in Turin, given his spirited partnership in midfield with Chilean Arturo Vidal, who recently outlined his desire to stay with the Italian giants long-term.