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Barcelona overtake Real Madrid to sign Manchester United ace after Xavi’s appointment

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The midfield muddle at Barcelona is complicated to understand. The Catalans have arguably the best teenagers in the world in the department in Gavi, Nico and Pedri. Yet, there is a certain aspect of physicality missing.

The missing piece has been a constant target through the past few transfer windows for Barcelona. Paul Pogba has long been seen as the ideal profile to provide rigidity and resilience to the Spanish side’s midfield. El Nacional provide an update regarding his possible move to Camp Nou.

The French international is out of contract at Old Trafford come June next year. Moreover, the midfielder is looking to leave Manchester United and try out a challenge in La Liga.

Barcelona are not the only Spanish side interested in Pogba. Real Madrid too have expressed their desire to acquire his services and have been in constant contact with his agent, Mino Raiola.

Joan Laporta shares a very good relationship with Raiola, a factor that could work in the Catalans’ favour. On the contrary, Florentino Perez has a rather strained relationship with the super-agent.

Pogba is reportedly excited by the prospect of being one of the leading faces of Barcelona’s rebuild, especially given the vital role he will play in the side if he joins.

The Frenchman knows that he will have to settle for a lower pay scale, and that could be the decisive factor. The arrival of Xavi could play an important role in the situation, according to reports.

PSG are the other big side interested in the player. The Parisians are looking to strengthen their squad with some more French players, and Pogba is an ideal option given their relatively weak midfield.

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