Barcelona reportedly meet with Paul Pogba's agent, keen to agree terms on move from Juventus

La Liga giants Barcelona are hoping to steal a march on Manchester City and Chelsea, advancing talks to lock down terms with Paul Pogba.

Seemingly prepared to pull out all the stops in their bid to lure Paul Pogba from Juventus, according to Catalan newspaper Sport, Barcelona have held a secret meeting with his agent, Mino Raiola.

The agent is apparently conscious that a move to Barcelona is the most appetising option for his client, holding discussions aimed at finding the right formula for all parties to reach an agreement, with the knowledge and blessing of Juventus.

Numerous outlets have linked Pogba with bids from Chelsea and Manchester City, including the Mirror, who also pointed towards Paris Saint-Germain as being the current favourites, albeit without any mention of La Liga giants Barcelona.

However, the Spanish reports believe Pogba has already dismissed the idea of a move to PSG, although his agent has highlighted Manchester City as being the biggest threat to Barcelona, in their pursuit of the French midfielder.

Barcelona have apparently made it clear to Raiola they cannot match Manchester City, when it comes to the salary they can offer, but have guaranteed that Pogba will be second only to Messi, within the wage structure at the Camp Nou.

The main hurdle Barcelona must overcome at present, is the FIFA transfer ban, which sees them unable to register any new signings until January 2016.

As such, various formulas have been negotiated between Raiola and Barcelona officials. Principally, they want to sign Pogba in June if their appeals are successful. But if not, they still want to lock down a deal with Juventus, guaranteeing he would otherwise join in 2016.

Whilst a loan-back option has been ruled out by Juventus, they are said to be open to Barcelona securing a pre-agreement and making an advance payment on the transfer fee, which the Catalan club are able to do, even within the strictures of their transfer ban.

In addition, Barcelona also have the lure of offering Juventus favourable deals for either Pedro Rodriguez or Martin Montoya, given the Italians have expressed an interest in the two unsettled players. They could be used as make-weights, as part of any advance payment agreement.

Current club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is said to be leading the negotiations, mindful that having a deal agreed to sign Pogba could be a vote winner, as he seeks re-election.

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