Report: Barcelona move ahead of Premier League rivals in the race for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba

The Frenchman reportedly favours a move to Camp Nou, with Chelsea and Manchester City set to miss out.

As far as burgeoning young talents go, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more in-demand in world football than Paul Pogba.

The powerful, technically-gifted midfielder has it all and it’s no surprise to see the who’s who of footballing elite battling it out for his signature. The Frenchman has been in great form over the past three years, helping Juventus secure three successive Scudetto’s and reach the Champions League final this season.

At 22-years-old, the sky really is the limit for Pogba and his rumoured price-tag of £70 million is in line with his performances, future potential and the market rates.

It now appears Barcelona have moved to the front of the queue for his signature as they look to replace the outgoing Xavi Hernandez.

Once their transfer embargo is lifted in 2016, Barca will be back in the market for the best talent around and they will be buoyed by reports suggesting that Pogba favours a move to the La Liga champions.

In a recent interview with L'Equipe, Pogba had some kind words for the Catalan club:

He said: "Barcelona are the best and they have the best attack in the world....Playing against Messi is a dream come true. He’s the best player in the world."

According to the Daily Star, a source close to Pogba also confirmed his preference for Barca, stating: "His options are unbelievable if he wants to leave Juventus, but he's told friends that Barcelona is his No.1 choice. The attraction is obvious."

Any Premier League suitors look sure to miss out if Barcelona confirm their interest but the transfer embargo at the Nou Camp means Pogba would have to remain at Juventus for another season before completing a switch. It’s therefore possible Chelsea or City could sneak in and offer an immediate move this summer, depending on how anxious the Frenchman is to leave Turin.

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