Report: Barcelona send transfer chief to Juventus team hotel amid Paul Pogba speculation

Barcelona have been linked with a move for Juventus ace Paul Pogba.

Barcelona transfer chief Ariedo Braida visited the Juventus team hotel on Saturday in order to discuss a potential deal involving midfielder Paul Pogba, Sky Sports Italia reports via Gianluca Di Marzio.

The La Liga giants are currently in the midst of a transfer ban but have begun making plans to add to their squad for when it expires in January next year.

A right-back replacement for the ageing Dani Alves is likely to be a top priority, but equally a midfielder to take Xavi’s place and add further competition to the squad has been mentioned.

There are a number of top midfielders on the continent who would undoubtedly love to try their hand at the Nou Camp, but one name above all comes to mind and that is the impressive Paul Pogba.

The French international has been a wonderful player for Juventus in the past few years and it appears Barcelona are keen for him to progress further donning the famous red and blue jersey.

Pogba has been labelled Louis van Gaal's transfer priority for the summer by the Guardianwhich claims that the Manchester United boss has the £71.5 million at his disposal to meet Juventus' valuation, but it seems Barca may have stolen a march.

“Braida stopped by to congratulate Juventus for their great run in Europe and also maybe to discuss some potential transfer move, there has been a lot of talk in Spain about the Blaugrana signing Pogba once their transfer ban ends,” Sky Sports Italia announced.

The 22-year-old has started 22 Serie A matches this season, scoring eight goals and providing a further two assists as the Old Lady clinched their fourth-straight Scudetto.

Since trading Manchester United for Turin, Pogba has won as many as five trophies in Italy and has been capped by the French international side 22 times.

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