Manchester United block Paul Pogba's move to Barcelona

With the transfer window closing earlier in England, it only further complicates a move for the French midfielder this summer

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Lluís Miguelsanz

Paul Pogba won't be joining Barcelona. Two days before the transfer market closes for Premier League sides, Manchester United have blocked any potential sale of their star midfielder. Barça hadn't even presented a formal offer to United before they were told that Pogba was 'non-transferable'. Jose Mourinho wouldn't even entertain losing Pogba this close to the season opener.

As such, 'Operation: Pogba' has reached its conclusion with United unwilling to negotiate a transfer. At Barça, they consider the move for Pogba dead in the water although they will keep an eye on developments should anything change before Thursday's deadline.

The player's agent, Mino Raiola, was the person trying to convince United to sell Pogba to Barcelona. The French midfielder was excited at the prospect and reuniting with his close friend, Arturo Vidal, at the Camp Nou. It appears Mourinho's decision is what ended any hope of a transfer. The Portuguese coach, who has an uncomfortable relationship with Pogba, still views the player as key to his project this season.

Following the setback over Pogba, Barça are still keen on adding another central midfielder to their ranks. This means that once again Adrien Rabiot's name is back on the table.


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