Catalan giants Barcelona wants to bring in more firepower to their midfield ranks for their new campaign. The club might lose several midfield players in the summer transfer window. Ronald Koeman has already made it clear that he needs a midfielder this summer.
Barcelona did try to sign Gini Wijnaldum on a free transfer however, Paris-Saint Germain’s offer was better and convincing. The Dutch manager is now in the market in search of a suitable midfielder. Pjanic and Coutinho could be on their way out of Camp Nou and their replacements are still a doubt.
While La Masia graduate Ilaix Moriba is yet to make a call on his stay with Barcelona. The rumours suggest that Real Madrid is showing interest in signing the 18-year-old midfielder, who is showing good promise already. However, Barcelona is still trying to convince the midfielder for a stay.
In this scenario, Barcelona is looking to bolster their midfield setup by signing beast of a midfielder from United. According to Mundo Deportivo, Joan Laporta is keen to land Manchester United star Paul Pogba this summer. The report suggests that Barcelona has offered two big names in order to secure this deal.
French giants Paris-Saint Germain are also interested in signing Pogba before the new season. Although, Barcelona’s deal could be tempting with some big names added in this swap deal. Pogba’s agent Raiola has good terms with Laporta, which could take this deal further forward.
Barcelona keen to land Paul Pogba from United
According to the Daily Express, Barcelona have added French players Samuel Umtiti and Antoine Griezmann in this swap deal for Pogba. Manchester United are also in the looking for a centre-back to partner with Harry Maguire.
United have reportedly given the chase for Real Madrid‘s Raphael Varane. United can have Umtiti and Griezmann for their valuable midfielder and this can sort out their defensive issues. However, Umtiti hasn’t been in his greatest of forms after his knee injury.
While, Paul Pogba isn’t personally happy with United in the recent past. The Frenchman has also several interests from Serie A club for a potential transfer. Barcelona could actually benefit from this deal, who needs a midfielder of Pogba’s quality.
Griezmann’s situation at Barcelona
French forward Griezmann is currently training with Barcelona for the pre-season friendlies. However, the club is planning to offload the Frenchman, whose wage bills are considerably higher. Ousmane Dembele and Coutinho are also amongst the highest wage getters.
But, both players don’t have any real suitors at the moment. Dembele is still recovering from the injury that he picked up in the Euro 2020. Griezmann-Saul swap deal is still on, but the deal is quite complicated due to the wage issues.
Barcelona wants the player with reduced salary and also demands cash in the swap deal. While, Atletico Madrid is still not convinced with this negotiation. Diego Simeone will be hoping for a reunion with Griezmann at Atletico Madrid. However, Barcelona needs to be careful by not to make their rivals stronger like they did with Luis Suarez.