Barcelona director 'paving the way' for Paul Pogba signing

The FIFA transfer ban prevents the Catalan giants from moving this summer, but interest in the French star remains as strong as ever.

Ariedo Braida, international sporting director of Barcelona, has been busy over recent weeks drawing up a shortlist of serious transfer targets.

Constantly featuring at the top of that list, is French star Paul Pogba, who could face Barcelona in the Champions League final, if both they and Juventus make it through to the Berlin final.

In an interview with TuttoSport, when questioned about the possibility of Barcelona making their expected move, Braida admitted: "Pogba? We like him a lot, but it goes without saying, he's a champion that all clubs would like."

Braida did however point out: "Until 2016 we can't register players because of the FIFA ruling."

Admitting that he and Barcelona are showing more than just a passing interest, for the supremely talented midfielder, Braida explained: "I've spoken with Moratta (Juventus director) about all kinds of things, including Pogba."

"Is Pogba a priority from 2016? He's one of the options we're considering. I'm waiting upon instructions from my club, whilst I pave the way."

Needless to say, Barcelona won't likely go unchallenged in their pursuit of Paul Pogba, given the wealth of leading European clubs also interested in the 22-year-old.

Premier League sides Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been tipped to move, even though The Express recently claimed French outfit Paris Saint-Germain are set to beat everyone to his capture this summer.

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