La Liga giants Barcelona abandoned plans to sign Paul Pogba in 2016 because they could not compete with Manchester United’s financial muscle the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed.
Barca had hoped to hijack the France star’s return to Old Trafford but aborted their bid after learning of the fee they were required to match, which was then a world record.
Speculation linking 26-year-old Pogba to the LaLiga giants has resurfaced this season and he will be a central figure when Barca and United meet in the Champions League quarter-finals, beginning with the first leg in Manchester on Wednesday.
“In the summer of 2015, Paul Pogba was playing in Turin and we simply told Juve that, if one day they decide to sell the player, we would be interested,” Bartomeu said in an interview with ESPN.
“When they sold the player, they told us what the offer would have to be and we couldn’t afford that amount of money at the time.
“So he went to United, and he’s making them better as a team because he’s one of the stars of the world of football right now.”
Pogba rejoined United from Serie A champions Juventus in an £89million move almost three years ago.