Barcelona problems clear the path for Pogba to join Man City

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The chance of Paul Pogba becoming a Manchester City player next season has received a huge boost and it’s looking like the Etihad is going to be his most likely destination in the summer, with a big rival now unable to bid for the Frenchman.

According to The Mirror, Barcelona had to pull out of a planned £85m bid for the Juventus star due to financial restrictions.

The tabloid is reporting that a deal had already been worked out between both of last season’s Champions League finalists, but now Barca have told Juve they won’t be able to complete the deal.

This will come as great news for Man City as they will now be able to make their move without having to worry about competing with a team who realistically have more pulling power than them.

Furthermore, the Citizens will know what they will have to pay to tempt the Serie A champions into selling, considering Barcelona already had a bid accepted.

Parting with £85m won’t be a problem for the cash-rich Premier League outfit and the outlay will be justified when bringing in a player of Pogba’s quality.

Another factor that makes the possibility of a move more likely is City’s new incoming manager.

Pep Guardiola is one of the most revered names in football and his presence is surely going to help attract a number of big players to the Etihad.

Another big boost for City is the fact that Mino Raiola, Pogba’s agent, has rubbished reports that his client has his heart set on a move to the Spanish giants.

Taking to social media after a Spanish newspaper claimed that the Juventus midfieler was hoping to get a transfer to the Nou Camp, Raiola tweeted: “Sport Spain article is nonsense.

“They only have one reader and it’s Pinocchio.”

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.