Man Utd transfer news: Barcelona still confident of signing Paul Pogba – reports | Football | Sport
The transfer window for English clubs to sign players closed yesterday at 5pm but they can still sell abroad until the end of August.
And, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona think they can still get Pogba – because of his frosty relationship with Jose Mourinho.
His agent Mino Raiola has been trying to get him a move this month after he helped France win the World Cup this summer.
Pogba is believed to be annoyed with Mourinho’s comment about his World Cup performance and felt alienated by him last season.
Mourinho dropped and subbed Pogba on occasion last season after disappointing performances as he continues to split opinion following his £89m move from Juventus.
But the 25-year-old was inspirational for France in Russia and Raiola thinks he can get him a move away from United.
The La Liga champions will remain in pursuit of Pogba despite knowing Manchester United cannot get a replacement in and he has not release clause.
Mundo Deportivo claim Barca feel Pogba could force a move away from United because of his relationship with Mourinho.
Pogba admitted to have issues with the manager last term earlier in the summer.
He said: “It was a better season than the previous one.
“It was an experience. There were some small issues [with Mourinho], but they were nothing in the end.”
Pogba added: “Being a substitute, that sort of thing, it helps you to grow. I have to accept it.”
And France boss Didier Deschamps revealed he wasn’t happy with the situation.
Deschamps told L’Equipe: “This is a situation that he must not appreciate because of everything he would have been able to offer. There must be numerous reasons.
“He cannot be happy with what he is going through with his club.”
Mourinho’s words this summer on Pogba’s World Cup performance have not gone down well when he suggested he can play better for France than United.
“I don’t think it’s about us getting the best out of him, it’s about him giving the best he has to give,” the United manager told ESPN FC.
“I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give [their] best.
“Why? Because it’s closed for a month, where he can only think about football. Where he’s with his team on the training camp, completely isolated from the external world, where they focus just on football, where the dimensions of the game can only motivate.
“During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again.
“In the World Cup, the direction of the emotion, of the responsibility, of the big decisions is always growing up.
“You are in the group phase, you go to the last 16, to the quarterfinals, to the semifinals, to the finals. This feeds the motivation. This feeds the concentration of a player.
“So I think it was the perfect environment for him.”
Mourinho was frustrated in the transfer window after failing to sign a centre-back and only bringing in Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant.