Manchester United have reportedly turned down a swap deal offer from Barcelona for Paul Pogba.
Barcelona are eager to follow up the captures of Arturo Vidal, Arthur, Malcom and Clement Lenglet by adding Pogba to Ernesto Valverde’s squad.
And Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio claims the La Liga giants have made their move by proposing a players-plus-cash deal to Manchester United .
Di Marzio says Barcelona were willing to sacrifice reported United target Yerry Mina and Nou Camp outcast Andre Gomes to get Pogba.
While United would have been in line to receive a payment of £45m (€50m) as part of the prospective agreement as well.
Gianluca Di Marzio says United have knocked back the offer for Pogba, for whom they paid Juventus £89m in 2016.
United are said to have three reasons to have rejected Barcelona ’s supposed bid for Pogba.
United are unwilling to let go of a player with the 25-year-old’s ability, as exhibited as France won the World Cup this summer.
Pogba is also important for United from a commercial perspective as he is highly marketable.
United would face not being able to replace Pogba either with just four days of the transfer window to go.
Premier League clubs have to wrap up all of their summer business by 5pm on Thursday.
And finding a player to slot in for Pogba would improve incredibly tough with such time constraints.
Barcelona new boy Vidal was asked about Pogba potentially joining him at the Nou Camp.
However, the Chilean admitted he was in the dark about Barcelona pursuing the United midfielder.
“I do not know anything [about Pogba],” said Vidal at his presentation.
“I’m happy for myself, I hope this is my year to win everything with Barca.
“I hope it’s three Champions League titles in the three years I have a contract.”
United might yet speak to Barcelona in an attempt to agree a separate deal for centre-back Mina.
Jose Mourinho wants to bolster in the defensive department with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld his prime target.
But snapping up Mina may prove more feasible at this late stage due to Barcelona’s openness to him leaving them.
Mina was one of the defensive stars of the World Cup and scored in Colombia’s defeat to England.
Valverde has not fancied the 23-year-old since he joined Barcelona from Palmeiras in January though.