What Barcelona chief said when asked about signing Paul Pogba from Man Utd

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been widely linked with a sensational transfer to Spain in the summer, and the player himself has refused to rule out a move.

The exuberant World Cup winner has hit peak form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made him an indispensable player at Old Trafford.

Pogba has hit eight goals and assisted six more in his 15 Premier League appearances since Jose Mourinho was sacked in December, and reports of interest from Spanish giants Barcelona has followed.

Josep Maria Bartomeu has now been asked about the widespread rumours and he has chosen to keep shtum amid the claims.

“I prefer not to talk about players from other teams because I am sure there are also players at Barca that can make other teams better,” Bartomeu told ESPN.

“What I have to recognise is that United, in the last few years, have created a very good group, good players that are coming through.

“I am sure next season they will be candidates for the Premier League, and this year for the Champions League.”

Despite refusing to comment on the upcoming window, Bartomeu admitted that his side have were interested in Pogba during his time at Juventus.

He said: ”In the summer of 2015, Paul Pogba was playing in Turin and we simply told Juve that, if one day they decide to sell the player, we would be interested.

“When they sold the player, they told us what the offer would have to be and we couldn’t afford that amount of money at the time.

“So he went to United, and he’s making them better as a team because he’s one of the stars of the world of football right now.”

Bartomeu was full of praise for Solskajer’s United, who take on Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

He added: “It’s true that United’s performance isn’t now what it was before but we have to take care [against them] because in the Premier League there are six, seven very strong clubs.

“The Premier League is not an easy competition.

“It’s the strongest football competition as a league in the world — well, second to La Liga.

“That’s why in this competition, sometimes you are up, sometimes you are down. I know that United are working on coming up again.”

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