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Paul Pogba 'wants to join Barcelona'

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Paul Pogba of Juventus - Zinedine Zidane wants him, but will Barcelona get him?

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15/01/2016 at 19:47 | Updated 15/01/2016 at 21:23

Reports in Spain claim Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba wants to move to Barcelona this summer.

The 22-year-old is under contract with the Bianconeri until 2019, and said this week that he is happy in Turin.

Despite this, the Frenchman has been consistently linked with a move away, with Barça having an €80m bid turned down this summer.

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That hasn’t stopped Mundo Deportivo from claiming Pogba could leave this summer, reporting that agent Mino Raiola is already working on a move for after Euro 2016.

The newspaper believes that Pogba’s preferred destination is Camp Nou, insisting that the player told Lionel Messi at the Ballon d’Or ceremony that he’d like to move to Catalonia.

Mundo Deportivo claims Pogba is not keen to return to the English Premier League after his experience with Manchester United, and is also not convinced by Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the paper also notes that Juventus would be likely to ask for around €100m for one of their star men.

In addition, the salary Pogba would likely command could cause additional problems, with Neymar, Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets all currently negotiating new deals.

If Pogba came in on higher wages than some of the current stars of the team, it could force the Blaugrana to raise the wages of such players.

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Pogba has long been linked with a move away from Juventus - not because of any particular unhappiness but rather because of Italian football's inability to match the wages on offer in England or Spain.

That is a very, very strange - and rather sad - state of affairs. Juventus are by any measure one of football's great clubs; they have won Serie A three years running and made it to the Champions League final last year. The idea that they can't afford to keep one of their star players just seems plain wrong.

Yet that is the situation. As this graphic from Italy shows, even the very lowliest Premier League side will have greater TV income than Juventus next season.

Read the original article on Football Italia - The ultimate website for English-speaking fans of Italian football

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