The new Premier League season is set to commence in less than a week time and the teams are already shaping up well with new recruits to meet seasons objectives. A few high-profile departures might still take place before 9th August’s deadline and the future of Paul Pogba is once again making headlines following Ernesto Valverde’s latest interview when asked about the rumours linked to a move to Barcelona.
Paul Pogba, the 25-year-old Frenchman, enjoyed the best span of his career while attaining the prestigious World Cup glory for Les Bleus but is now set to rejoin Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United squad for the upcoming term. His inexplicable relationship with the Portuguese tactician has been a talking point all throughout since completing a then-record £89.3m switch from Juventus a couple of years back and the decorated midfielder, who is having his second stint at Old Trafford, is yet to meet the standards expected from him in the middle of the park.
Pogba was dropped at some stage last season and has been subject to criticism for not being able to settle in a star-studded Red Devils lineup. Mourinho, too, could not offer him a fixed role and the uncertainty led to speculations in recent windows. Valverde, the Catalans boss, did not rule out a move and hailed Pogba as ‘a great player’.
“I do not really have any comments to make on the rumours that are circulating around – they are just rumours. There are a lot of names that always get circulated around in the rumour mill – all of them are good players and we respect them themselves but we also respect the clubs they are currently at.”
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Barcelona have parted ways with Paulinho and brought in veteran Chilean Arturo Vidal as well as young Brazilian Arthur to increase depth in midfield, but, at the same time, must welcome the opportunity of adding someone of Pogba’s stature who has the best years of his career ahead of him. The Red Devils, however, are not expected to part ways with the France international after investing heavily on him just a couple of years back but must find a solution at the earliest to utilize his efficiency over forcing him to adapt to a new role. United should be chasing silverware this term and Pogba, having earned the World Cup medal back in July, must step up his game in English environment to achieve so.