Albert Soler, Barcelona’s director of sporting institutional relations, recently revealed to the media that the Catalans had top priority on Pogba, but the club denied the opportunity to sign him.
Manchester United’s £89 million summer signing may not have made the switch to England, as Barcelona claim that they had already made an agreement with Juventus over the player.
However, a deal did not fall through, as Juventus were not willing to sell the player at the time, and the Catalans moved on from the Frenchman.
Pogba completed the switch from Turin to Manchester this summer, with Real Madrid believed to have pulled out of the deal due to the astronomical fee involved.
Barcelona were also believed to have been scared off by Pogba’s massive price, but, according to Albert Soler, the Catalans could have had him if they wanted.
“Last year we made an agreement with Juventus: if they would have wanted to sell Pogba, we would have had a priority on him,” said Soler.
“That was the commitment that we had but that didn’t happen. Juventus did not want to sell the player last year and so we had to go out and look for somebody else.
“Last year, the club was in the middle of an election. It didn’t make sense for the acting board of directors to make promises and commitments like that and the idea was that if Pogba left Juventus that we would have the first option to get him and if he left on his own then we would have the first shot at him.
“That was the situation with Juventus but now we’re at a different season and bringing in Robert Fernandez to look at our different options for bringing players in. We’re looking at players to come in not just economically but also for sports.”
Barcelona this season opted for Andre Gomes, who they stole from right under Real Madrid’s nose.