Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed how Manchester United beat them to the signature of then-Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba in 2016.
The Frenchman re-joined United in 2016 from the Turin-based club for a sum of £89million and has since grown into one of the most important players for the English giants. However, as the Barcelona president revealed, he was very close to joining the Blaugrana.
United’s bid of £89million was a bit too much for Barcelona to surpass, let alone match, and thus Pogba returned to Manchester after four years in Italy.
“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,” Bartomeu said in an interview with ESPN.
“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.”
United and Barcelona are set to face off in the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League with the first leg scheduled to be played on Wednesday, 10th April at Old Trafford.