On September 27th, we carried a report from Mundo Deportivo, who explained why it is ‘almost impossible’ for Barcelona to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United.

It was claimed Mino Raiola’s high agent fees and the World Cup winner’s annual salary demand of €12m makes it difficult for the La Liga winners to secure his services.

The Catalan newspaper even suggested Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus can meet the 25-year-old’s demands and the Old Lady could achieve it by allowing Paulo Dybala move to Old Trafford.

Bianconeri director of sport Fabio Paratici won the Coppa d’Oro award in Piacenza on Thursday and spoke to RMC Sport. He was inevitably asked about the recent reports linking Pogba with a return to the Turin club.

Paratici was also asked if the current Juventus crop is the best he’s seen whilst at the club.

“It’s difficult to say whether this is the strongest Juventus squad we’ve had in this era, as there have always been great players like Gigi Buffon, Carlos Tevez, Dani Alves, Arturo Vidal and Pogba. I will say we are very competitive,” the Serie A winners chief said.

“He is a Manchester United player. As long as he remains their player, it’s best I don’t talk about players at other clubs.”

Paratici could have ruled out the prospect of signing the player had he so wished, but has instead kept the whole drama open.