It looks as though the Barcelona presidential campaign will greatly impact Paul Pogba’s possible future.
If Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta wins the race next month, he expects to sign Juventus midfielder Pogba, according to ESPN FC.
The 22-year-old is said to be worth upwards of £60m and has been linked with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain as well as Premier League clubs Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Sport, a Catalan newspaper, report that Juve will meet with Barca representatives even though there will be no president or a board until the election on July 18, and despite the fact that the Spaniards are banned for registering new players until 2016.
Laporta knows Pogba’s representative, Mino Raiola, from a transfer of another one of his clients and insists that the agent is the key to the transfer.
“The key to the signing is Mino Raiola. It is true I have a very good relationship with him and I believe that, if I am president, Pogba will play for Barcelona,” Laporta told Cadena Cope radio show “El Partido de los 12″. “I think it’s fine that the caretaker board meets with Juve, but the one they have to speak with is Raiola — he has the key.”
Although the transfer fee for Pogba is high, Laporta believes that the young star is worth it and could fit in well at Barca.
“He is very sought after,” he added. “He has great quality and fits with Barca’s style. It could be that he costs a lot of money — he is a reference player like Neymar, [Luis] Suarez and Cristiano [Ronaldo], who also cost a lot.”
The presidential campaign will heat up in the coming weeks, and the other candidate, Josef Maria Bartomeu, has also claimed that he wants to sign the French midfielder, and has a “secret signing” up his sleeve to reveal during the last week of his campaign.
Either way, it looks as though Pogba has become and will be a priority for Barca as it rebuilds over the off season.