Barcelona transfer chief Braida fuels Pogba talk after visiting Juventus team hotel

The 69-year-old had lunch with Giuseppe Marotta ahead of the Bianconeri’s big Serie A clash with bitter rivals Inter

Barcelona’s international sporting director Ariedo Braida was present at Juventus’ team hotel in Milan on Saturday, further fuelling speculation that the club are to make a summer bid for Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman is the hottest property on the market right now, with Paris Saint-Germain having already made a verbal agreement with Juventus over an €80 million transfer – although the player himself is currently unsure over such a move.

The likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona have also been credited with interest and Braida scouted Pogba during Juve’s Champions League clash with Dortmund in Turin in February.

On Saturday, he visited Juve’s team hotel in Milan ahead of their Derby d’Italia clash with Inter at San Siro. Braida congratulated the team for reaching the Champions League final, where they will play Barcelona.

The transfer chief then had lunch with Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta, fuelling talk that Pogba was at the centre of their discussions.

Banned by Fifa from signing players in 2015 due to irregularities in the recruitment of youngsters, Barca are studying the possibility of registering footballers in the summer and playing them when the sanction ends in January 2016.

The process is also further complicated by elections at Camp Nou this summer, but the current board could in theory tie up deals before voting takes place in July.