Barcelona passed on Pogba

Manchester United were willing to fork out a record fee to land Paul Pogba, but Barcelona’s director of sporting relations, Albert Soler, has confirmed that the La Liga club passed on the opportunity to sign the midfielder.

Last summer, Barcelona and Juventus reached a deal whereby the Spanish club would be given priority should the Serie A side decide to sell Pogba.

When that time came, Barcelona were already interested in a number of other players and as a result opted against acquiring the services of the 23-year-old.

“Last year we reached a deal with Juventus for us to have a priority option when they sold Pogba,” Soler explained. “This summer we decided that there were players that suited us better on a sporting level.

“The idea of the board was that nobody would be able to get ahead of us in the market. It allowed us to have options.”

Instead, Pogba returned to United, the club he left to join Juventus on a free transfer in 2012, with the Red Devils paying a record-breaking fee of £93.25 million to bring him back to Old Trafford.

Barca, meanwhile, brought in midfielders Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes from Villrreal and Valencia respectively for a combined fee of £44m.