Barcelona were priced out of move for Paul Pogba by Manchester United in 2016, reveals president Josep Maria Bartomeu ahead of European clash
- Paul Pogba will line up for Manchester United against Barcelona on Wednesday
- Barcelona were keen on signing Pogba in 2016 but missed out on Frenchman
- United paid a then world record fee of £90m for the central midfielder
‘In the summer of 2015, Paul Pogba was playing in Turin and we simply told Juve that, if one day they decide to sell the player, we would be interested,’ Bartomeu told ESPN FC.
Paul Pogba joined Manchester United in 2016 despite receiving interest from Barcelona
Pogba rejoined Manchester United for a then club record fee of £90million in August 2016
‘When they sold the player, they told us what the offer would have to be and we couldn’t afford that amount of money at the time.
‘So he went to United, and he’s making them better as a team because he’s one of the stars of the world of football right now.’
Barcelona play at Old Trafford on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against United knowing that Ousmane Dembele will not be available.
Dembele will travel with the squad on Tuesday but has been ruled out of the clash because of the thigh strain that has sidelined him since mid-March.
Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen is also unavailable because of discomfort in his left leg.
Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out of Barcelona’s away clash against Manchester United