Barcelona plan to watch Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in every game ahead of possible summer transfer


Keeping tabs

It is understood the Spanish giants are keeping a close eye on the World Cup winner’s situation at Old Trafford

Barcelona plan to watch Manchester United’s Paul Pogba in every game for the rest of this season as they consider a move for the midfield star.

The Spanish Liga club were said to be keen on recruiting him last summer, but a move never materialised and representatives were there to see him in action in the Champions League against Young Boys on Wednesday night.

Paul Pogba has hinted at tensions between him and Jose Mourinho

Paul Pogba has hinted at tensions between him and Jose Mourinho

While it is not uncommon for club’s to monitor other players, Pogba’s frosty relationship with manager Jose Mourinho and rumours of Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola attempting to orchestrate a summer exit, will no doubt give interested parties hope of landing him.

When quizzed at the start of September about his plans he said: “My future is currently in Manchester, I still have a contract, I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months.

“One thing I can assure you: I will always give 100 percent, no matter which coach I always give everything for United – I cannot say more.”

Pogba was outstanding against Young Boys

Pogba was outstanding against Young Boys

And according to the Mirror, Barcelona’s hierarchy, which includes general manager Pep Segura and technical directors Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes, are keeping an eye on things at Old Trafford ahead of a possible £100m-plus move.

Luis Suarez appears to have already begun the courting when he said a player like Pogba ‘would always be welcome’ at the Camp Nou, while former Man United defender Gary Neville said the club ‘will be fine’ if the man they spent £89m on in 2016 does decide to pack his bags.

“As a fan, honestly, part of me is that no one is bigger than the club and I am not interested in people who are looking left and right,” he said.

“So Paul, if you want to go play somewhere else, let’s make that work for you because Manchester United will be fine, don’t worry about that.

“The owner in me would do what United are doing at the moment, saying he is not for sale. They have to protect their asset but privately they might be doing a deal because they want to get their £90 million back.

“If I was still in that dressing room giving personal advice it would be, ‘Paul, it’s obvious you want to play somewhere else but be professional. Don’t be someone who is seen as a mercenary or a mutineer. You don’t need to do that.’

“So there are four ways to look at it — pundit, owner, fan, a personal word.”

Pogba was one of France’s best players as they won the World Cup this summer

Pogba was one of France’s best players as they won the World Cup this summer

Since winning the World Cup with France, Pogba has started the season brightly, scoring four goals in six games for United so far.

Against Young Boys, he was on target twice and created the other in a man of the match display. “I am happy that the goals I scored were decisive in the win,” he said. “If I can do it, I will try to help the team as much as possible. If I can score a goal or make an assist, that will be great.”

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