The Catalans weren’t trying to sign the World Cup winner on the cheap though. They included Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes in the deal, bringing his valuation to over £100m.
Mina is now set to join Everton while Gomes continues to be hawked around each of the major European leagues.
United are simply not interested in selling Pogba. However, neither were Juventus two years ago when a return to Old Trafford was engineered. Similar circumstances are emerging now.
Behind all the moves are the Machiavellian hands of 26-year-old Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola. The Italian has worked all summer on a deal with Barcelona for the France international and is keen to force the move through.
There are strong rumours of Pogba’s relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho breaking down beyond retrieval at the root of this transfer talk. The latest chapter saw the Portuguese chastise players who remained on holiday while the club’s USA tour disintegrated into acrimony and disarray.
Instead of responding positively as Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford, Pogba simply moved onto the next leg on his summer tour across the USA and Australasia.