Barca snubbed Pogba

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LON­DON — Barcelona have con­firmed that they passed up their first op­tion on Paul Pogba — al­low­ing Manch­ester United to break the world trans­fer record this sum­mer.

The Nou Camp club were un­der­stood to have agreed a deal 12 months ago that would give them pri­or­ity should they wish to sign the 22-year-old for £85 mil­lion, but they in­formed Ju­ven­tus in Fe­bru­ary that they wouldn’t be ex­er­cis­ing their op­tion.

And Al­bert Soler, the club’s di­rec­tor of sport­ing re­la­tions, moved to clar­ify that Pogba could have been a Barcelona player to­day had they wanted to fol­low through on the deal.

“Last year we reached a deal with Ju­ven­tus for us to have a pri­or­ity op­tion when they sold Pogba,” he said.

“This sum­mer we de­cided that there were play­ers that suited us bet­ter on a sport­ing level.

“The idea of the board was that no­body would be able to get ahead of us in the mar­ket. “It al­lowed us to have op­tions.” In the end the club went for the cheaper op­tion of Va­len­cia mid­fielder An­dre Gomes, a player of the same age as Pogba but one who is con­sid­ered more suited to Barca’s style of play.

With the money they saved on the France in­ter­na­tional, they also man­aged to add Paco Al­cacer, De­nis Suarez, Lu­cas Digne and Sa­muel Umtiti. — The Mir­ror

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