Paul Pogba to Barcelona hinges on huge Arsenal deal

MANCHESTER UNITED may only be forced into selling Paul Pogba to Barcelona if Arsenal can complete a deal first.

Posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 by

The World Cup winner has been linked with a switch away from Old Trafford after an inconsistent season last time out.

But the move is said to rely on Arsenal completing a blockbuster raid for Barca forward Ousmane Dembele.

The Daily Mail claim Barcelona will not be able to afford Pogba unless they sell his French international team-mate to the Gunners first.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is said to have contacted Dembele to talk about his future at the Nou Camp.

That's following the arrival of winger Malcom from Bordeaux.

Dembele has been told he has a future at Barcelona and will not sold which could end any hope of Pogba arriving from Manchester United.

The reports claim Ernesto Valverde is not overly impressed with the 21-year-old.

He is ready to offload Dembele if Barca can recoup the massive £96m they paid Borussia Dortmund for him last summer.

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Arsenal have been linked with the youngster who previously played with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Dortmund.

And United have also been credited with interest in Dembele as a potential replacement for Anthony Martial.

The departure of the forward would then allow Barcelona to intensify their interest in Pogba.

The La Liga champions are also said to be hesitant on the France star as they fear he is wrangling for improved terms at Old Trafford.

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The Mail say for that reason Real Madrid have so far stayed out of the Pogba situation.

United start their Premier League campaign on Friday at 8pm against Leicester.

The transfer deadline for buying players shuts on Thursday at 5pm meaning the future of Dembele will be resolved.

And that is expected to hold the key as to whether Barcelona will make a big move for Pogba or not.



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