Barcelona could return for World Cup winner next year

Spanish champions Barcelona are prepared to make a fresh approach for Paul Pogba in 2019 after Manchester United refused to discuss his proposed sale during the ongoing transfer window.

The France international has been heavily linked with the Blaugrana since his return from the summer World Cup but their interest has, however, not materialised with United having no plans to sanction his sale.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, the Catalan giants continue to hold an interest in the 2018 World Cup winner and they are prepared to play the waiting game to lure him from Old Trafford.

It is added that the Blaugrana could follow a similar approach to that used to sign Philippe Coutinho in January, whereby they managed to convince Liverpool with a series of discussions following the 2017 summer transfer window.

Pogba made his United comeback from Juventus during the summer of 2016 after the club agreed to pay a club-record £89.2m sum which had broken the world transfer record back then.

The Frenchman has since struggled to live up to his expectations with consistency being a key issue but this has not reduced his importance as he remains one of the first names on the team sheet under Jose Mourinho.

Based on this, it would certainly come as a surprise if Pogba were to leave Old Trafford but stranger things have happened in the past including Ronaldo’s surprise decision to join Juventus from Real Madrid last month.

Apart from Pogba, Ernesto Valverde’s side are reported to be keeping tabs on Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot and Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong and they are supposedly confident of signing at least two of the three shortlisted midfielders during the forthcoming year.

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