FC Barcelona’s international advisor, Ariedo Braida, has revealed why the La Liga giants decided not to pursue Paul Pogba.
The Paul Pogba saga has single-handedly dominated this summer’s transfer window, with the France international being linked with a world transfer record-breaking move away from his current club Juventus.
The Frenchman has been mostly linked with potential transfers to Real Madrid and Manchester United, but it’s the Red Devils who are currently leading the race to re-sign their youth academy graduate. As per the latest reports by L’Equipe, Pogba is set to complete his transfer to Manchester, for a whopping fee of €120 million.
However, amidst all the speculation linking one of the best players in world football to two of the biggest clubs in Europe, the absence of one particular club – which is perhaps the biggest in the world, at the moment – can by duly noted.
One wonders why Barcelona haven’t been involved in the race for Pogba’s signature. The Catalan giants’ midfield, at present, could certainly do with some improvement, as it is currently nowhere near the level of the world-beating midfield they once boasted under Pep Guardiola, which included the likes of Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Xavi – all in their prime.
Barcelona’s international advisor, Ariedo Braida, has shed some light on the reason behind the club’s absence from the biggest transfer saga on the current window.
Speaking to Canale 21, Braida revealed: “Clearly when you talk about figures that go over €100 million, you need to reflect on them. It all comes down to the TV rights that brought in a lot of money and completely changed the logic of the transfer market. Clearly all players are overrated to some degree or another at this stage.
“We know Pogba, he is a player who proved to be very strong and, for a while, Barcelona were interested, but the dynamics changed and once the figures reached a certain point, we were no longer interested.
“It’s hard to keep up at some stage because you don’t only have to consider the price of the transfer fee, but also the player’s salary. Over the course of five years, that can amount to tens of millions.”