Barcelona director plays down talks with Man Utd ace

Barcelona director of football Eric Abidal has responded to reports that he met with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba for transfer talks recently.

The report came from Tuttosport suggesting that a meeting took place between Abidal and Pogba in LA, with the French midfielder currently on holiday after winning the World Cup earlier this summer.

While Pogba would make a fine signing for Barcelona, Abidal told Mundo Deportivo that rumours of such talks taking place are false.

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Either way, it would be a surprise to see United entertain any offers for Pogba with the Premier League transfer window closing in 7 days. That gives Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward little time to find a replacement.

Abidal also insisted Barcelona would approach any deal by the book and get in touch with Pogba’s club first before talking directly with the players.

Having lost Andres Iniesta and Paulinho already this summer, the Catalan giants could do with a player like Pogba, but the 25-year-old has unfinished business at Old Trafford and should really concentrate on shutting up his critics within the English press.

It’s now time he fulfils his potential at club level after producing some heroics under Didier Deschamps for the French team.

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