Barcelona rule out move for €120m Serie A pair wanted by Prem clubs

Barcelona sporting director denied interest in Juventus stars Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba who have attracted interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.

The transfer window is now officially open, and with the World Cup entering its latter stages clubs are set to begin their business on the market in earnest.

Several high-profile signings have already been completed by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United as the Blues took on Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas whilst the Red Devils snapped up Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.

But the pair of Premier League giants remain linked with further star signings, despite having spent heavily to upgrade their squads with July not even 48 hours old.

United continue to be touted as a possible destination for the in-demand Arturo Vidal, with Chelsea said to have keen interest in bringing in ex-Red Devil Paul Pogba.

It certainly comes as no surprise that that two financial powerhouses would be tracking the Bianconeri men, as the Juventus duo are some of the most coveted midfielders in Europe.

Yet for this same reason United and Chelsea face heavy competition if they aspire to sign their respective targets.

Barcelona are in the midst of rebuilding under new boss Luis Enrique after a disappointing campaign, and reports have claimed Vidal and Pogba are in the Catalans’ sights.

But according to Blaugrana sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, this isn’t the case.

“Vidal and Pogba are two good players,” he said. “But they are Juventus players and they are not on our agenda.

“We are looking at some top-level targets but there are not many of them.”

Zubizarreta’s words come as good news to United and Chelsea, who now finds themselves clear of a considerable rival should they be planning to move for Vidal and Pogba - both of whom have been rated at €60 million (£47.5 million).

Still, signing either would be a difficult proposition. Vidal only just signed a new contract with the Old Lady and has been linked with Bayern Munich, whilst Pogba has all eyes on him and agent Mino Raiola has insisted he’ll stay at Juventus.

However, any audacious swoop from United or Chelsea would be subject to one less challenger in the shape of Barcelona, removing a potential hurdle from what would already be a tough task.

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