Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has revealed that Barcelona made a play for Juventus midfielder in the summer transfer window, but were turned down.
Speaking with RMC Sports, Raiola said that, “Juventus rejected an €85m offer from the Blaugrana.” The agent also disclosed that the sum isn’t going to cut it, “That is not enough: Juventus valuate the player at €100m. The top Spanish and English clubs [could] pay this, but PSG and Bayern Munich shouldn’t be excluded.”
The fact that Barcelona is interested in Pogba is no surprise. The French midfielder has long been considered one of the world’s best young talents and is playing at a high level in 2015. Pogba has two goals and an assist in 11 Serie A games. He’s contributed 3.6 shots per game domestically in addition to making 1.5 key passes, 1.5 tackles and one interception. All that is good for a 7.29 rating.
The 22-year-old has been even better in the Champions League. In only four appearances, the midfielder has handed out two sublime assists. The most recent of the assists was a crucial one as it leveled the score, and ultimately earned Juventus a point away to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Juve must keep Pogba in Turin
The Bianconeri lost an irreplaceable amount of experience and skill when Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez left town. Losing Pogba would only make the losses sting even more.
Juventus has missed the creativity provided by the likes of Pirlo, Vidal and Tevez. The team has turned to Juan Cuadrado in the trio’s absence. While the Columbian has been indispensable for Juve, he can only do so much. Max Allegri could use another playmaker in his squad to complement Cuadrado in the creative department.
However, Cuadrado remains on loan from Chelsea without an option to buy. Should the London-based club want the winger back at the end of the loan, Juve would once again be on the hunt for a playmaker. It would make matters much worse if the team had to find a midfielder to replace Pogba as well.