Juninho tells Pogba to join Barcelona

The Brazilian believes the in-demand Juventus midfielder should not consider a move back to his native France

Former Lyon midfielder Juninho has warned Juventus star Paul Pogba against signing for Paris Saint-Germain and believes a move to Barcelona would be his best option.

Pogba is expected to be a target for the majority of Europe’s top clubs this summer, with PSG leading the chase having agreed an €80m fee with Juve for the 22-year-old.

The France international, who again impressed as Juve reached the Champions League final on Wednesday night with a 3-2 aggregate win over Real Madrid, is believed to have reservations about playing in Ligue 1 and Juninho says he should explore the other options available to him.

The Brazilian told RMC: “Barca, if they are able to buy him, would be good. Andres Iniesta’s level has started to drop a bit and Barca could continue to win for years with Pogba in the team.

“With their style of play, a 4-3-3, it would be ideal. At Real Madrid he would need more time to adjust. I would choose Barca and I would never return to France.”

Pogba signed a new five-year deal at Juve in October 2014 but that has not stopped the speculation regarding his future.

Talk of a move intensified last week when his agent Mino Raiola was spotted at Real Madrid’s training base in Turin ahead of the first leg of their semi-final tie with the Bianconeri.

The player’s representative was later quizzed over the former Manchester United man’s future and refused to rule out a move to Carlo Ancelotti’s side.