Barcelona were priced out of Pogba move – Braida

The Blaugrana’s international advisor has confirmed the club were keen on the Manchester United-bound midfielder, but ended their interest when they learned his price tag

Barcelona were interested in signing Manchester United-bound midfielder Paul Pogba but were priced out of a move, according to the Spanish giants’ international advisor Ariedo Braida.

Pogba, who made his senior debut for United in 2011 before leaving to join Juventus in 2012, is closing in on a return to Old Trafford for a world-record fee in the region of €110million, Goal understands.

Real Madrid have also been linked with the France international and, while Braida admits Barcelona were initially keen on Pogba, he says the club ended their interest after learning his hefty price tag.

“Clearly when you talk about figures that go over €100million, you need to reflect on them,” Braida told Canale 21.

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“It all comes down to the TV rights that brought in a lot of money and completely changed the logic of the transfer market. Clearly all players are overrated to some degree or another at this stage.

“We know Pogba, he is a player who proved to be very strong and, for a while, Barcelona were interested, but clearly the dynamics changed and once the figures reached a certain point, we were no longer interested.

“It’s hard to keep up at some stage, because you don’t only have to consider the price of the transfer fee, but also the player’s salary. Over the course of five years, that can amount to tens of millions.”

Confirmed? Has Pogba's barber revealed Man Utd move?

The Juventus midfielder has been heavily linked with a return to Old Trafford, having originally left in 2012, and it appears as though the cat may be out of the bag…


Has Paul Pogba’s barber just confirmed the Juventus midfielder’s move to Manchester United?

Pogba has been heavily linked with a world-record move to Old Trafford, with reports suggesting that a deal to sign their former player could cost United an eye-watering €120 million.

And the rumour mill has now been sent into overdrive after Pogba’s barber posted an Instagram image of him going to work on the France international’s hair, with the caption “had to change up Pogba’s hair colour for his new team. #ManchesterUnited.”

What do you think? Is the cat out of the bag? Take a look at the picture below!

Paul Pogba’s barbers deleted his Instagram post possibly revealing Pogba’s transfer to United. #MUFC

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Klopp refuses to discuss Allen exit rumours

The Wales international has been linked to one of the Reds’ league rivals, but the boss refuses to confirm whether he will be leaving Anfield during the transfer window

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was quiet in regards to the future of Joe Allen, who is reportedly a target for fellow Premier League outfit Stoke City. 

The Wales international has been linked with an Anfield exit in the off-season, with reports suggesting Stoke have put in a bid in the region of £13million.

Allen, 26, has just one year remaining on his deal at Liverpool, with the club seemingly eager to cash in on the midfielder before he becomes a free agent.

When asked about Allen’s future, as well as full-back Jon Flanagan – linked with a loan move to Burnley – Klopp said: “There is nothing about this and all the transfer rumours.

“We cannot comment because we couldn’t do anything else all day if we did, so we shouldn’t start with this.

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“I feel good [about Allen]. I like the guy and I really think he is a wonderful football player: I knew this before the European Championships, I saw it during the Euros and I know it now.

“I have said all I can say about this. It is all about respecting contracts, negotiating or not – whatever – and make a transfer or not.

“But is it nothing to discuss in public but I’ve not seen him since the middle of May in Basle [at the Europa League final], sadly.”

Allen started just eight Premier League games last season but starred for Wales at Euro 2016, helping the side reach the semi-final stage, and was named in the official team of the tournament.

Conte happy for England-bound Allardyce

The Chelsea manager, who led Italy for two years, says the 61-year-old will enjoy a fantastic experience if, as expected, he is announced as Roy Hodgson’s successor

Antonio Conte has wished Sam Allardyce well amid mounting speculation that the Sunderland boss will be named as the new England manager.

Multiple reports have suggested Allardyce will be confirmed as Roy Hodgson’s successor by the Football Association on Thursday.

Conte is beginning life as Chelsea manager having led Italy for two years, culminating in their run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

The 46-year-old’s decorated period in charge of Juventus helped to establish him as one of the most highly regarded coaches in world football but, speaking after Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Wolfsberger, Conte revealed he sought inspiration from the comparatively unheralded Allardyce during the latter’s time in charge of West Ham.

“I know Sam. I visited him at the West Ham training ground two years ago,” he told Chelsea’s official website.

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“I can say the experience is fantastic because you are the coach of your country and this is a great responsibility.

“You feel great pressure but it’s fantastic. You represent your country, your colours.”

Conte added: “I am happy for him if becomes the manager of the national team.”