Barcelona are confident they can reach a deal for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba before the European transfer window closes on August 31.
Pogba’s future at Old Trafford has been plunged into doubt after the club’s £89million record signing told team-mates that he wants to leave amid strong interest from Barcelona.
On Tuesday, Sportsmail reported the 25-year-old midfielder is also understood to have sent a text message to Ed Woodward, informing United’s executive vice-chairman of his desire to go, although the club flatly deny this.
Barcelona are confident they can still sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United this summer
And according to Mundo Deportivo, the European giants will ‘wait for Pogba’ and believe a ‘deal is not dead’ – despite the English window closing on Thursday – as they look to make a statement signing this summer after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid.
The Spanish publication report that Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola will continue to work behind the scenes on a deal with Barcelona.
The Nou Camp outfit believe Pogba is still looking for the exit door due to his fractured relationship with Jose Mourinho.
However, the line coming out of United is that the France World Cup winner is not for sale.
Meanwhile, United boss Mourinho has also praised Pogba’s ‘desire to work’ and believes he is happy at the club, before claiming that there is an outside chance he could make an appearance against Leicester in the opening Premier League game.
Barcelona feel Pogba wants to leave due to his fractured relationship with Jose Mourinho
‘My perception, he arrived Monday, happy, proud, a desire to work,’ Mourinho told a press conference.
‘He worked amazingly well Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. He’s one of the players that I have to speak to, to see how physically and mentally he feels.
‘But it’s the same conversation as with [Ashley] Young, [Marouane] Fellaini, [Jesse] Lingard, it’s the same.
‘If they feel they can help us [against Leicester] – 20 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour. We don’t have many solutions and want to go with everything we have.
‘I see [Pogba] very well but we need words with that small group to see if they can give us a hand. We have to try and get the best out of every player.’