Barcelona not favourites for Juventus' Paul Pogba, says agent Mino Raiola
Paul Pogba's agent has rejected rumours that Barcelona are the favourite to land the Juventus and France midfielder at season's end, and says €100 million may not be enough to pull him away from Turin.
Pogba has become one of world football's hottest properties since joining Juventus for free from Manchester United in the summer of 2012. The French international has won three consecutive Serie A titles with the Old Lady and reached the final of the Champions League last season.
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The 22-year-old has a contract with Juventus that won't expire until 2019, but offers from Europe's biggest clubs will abound in the next summer transfer window, said the player's representative, Mino Raiola.
"The big clubs will come knocking for Paul again at the end of the season. I don't know how much chance Juventus have of holding on to him," Raiola told Tuttosport on Thursday.
"Paul will make a decision based on the offers he receives and based on how he feels. He was in a similar situation last summer."
Reports over the summer consistently linked Pogba to an eventual move to La Liga and Champions League winners Barcelona. Raiola, however, says the Catalan club have stronger competition for his client at the moment.
"Are Barcelona in pole position to sign him? The only team ahead of the others is Juventus," Raiola said. "Paul has a strong connection with Juve. Paul is the type of guy who thinks things through and he thinks with his heart. He felt that it was not the right moment to leave last summer and he was right.
"He stayed put and overcame his initial difficulties, when the fans jeered him and treated him unfairly. It did not bother Paul, but I did not like it. But it will not affect Paul's decision at the end of the season."
Raiola added that Pogba's decision last summer showed his commitment to the club at which he has become one of the game's top players.
Said Raiola: "The fact that Paul decided to stay with Juventus last summer shows that he has invested in Juventus. And the Juventus hierarchy has also invested a lot by opting not to cash in on Paul. Paul is like a limited edition Ferrari, there are only a few who can afford him.
"I don't think €100 million will be enough to sign him, but it depends on [Juventus president Andrea] Agnelli. He has grown as a player and his price will have grown as well."