Last August, we covered multiple reports linking Paul Pogba with a move away from Manchester United, with Barcelona and Juventus being the two possible destinations for the midfielder.
No deal took shape and the World Cup winner is still at Old Trafford.
Mundo Deportivo takes a look at Barca-Pogba links in Thursday’s edition of the newspaper.
When the 25-year-old realised that he was not comfortable under Jose Mourinho, his agent Mino Raiola offered the France international to the Blaugrana.
The Catalan club approached the leaders of the Red Devils to find out if they were ready to part ways with the former Juventus star and if so, what would be the fee.
Ed Wooward’s response was blunt and he explained the Glazer family view Pogba as their ‘apple of the eye’ and considered the Portuguese tactician would be allowed to leave before sanctioning the player’s sale.
That’s exactly what happened as Mourinho was shown the exit door and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed in December as the interim manager until the end of the season.
Pogba has excelled under the Norwegian’s guidance and not just in terms of scoring goals and registering assists, but his overall game, coupled with leadership qualities shows why he is beginning to justify the fee United paid to bring him back to Old Trafford.
Mundo also mentions that the English club’s owners see their prized asset as the ‘Messi of Manchester United’.
Woodward’s decision to act tough on transfer is finally paying off for the 20-time English champions.
This story has changed somewhat. Not so long ago the Catalan media scoffed at the idea of Barcelona being interested… it’s surprising what some good form can do.