Barcelona drop interest in the signing of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba

Barcelona drop interest in the signing of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba

- Barcelona have dropped their interest in the signing of Paul Pogba

- The 25-year-old has been heavy linked with a move to Camp Nou

- Pogba captained Manchester United's side that defeat Leicester City

Spanish champions Barcelona have ended their interest in unsettled Manchester United ace Paul Pogba.

The Catalan club have confirmed Pogba is no longer a realistic target for them in this summer's transfer window.

Barca sporting director Ariedo Braida told Spanish radio: "I don't think we're going to make a move for Pogba, but he's a great player."

The news comes as a huge boost to Manchester United, who had insisted the 25-year-old World Cup winner was not for sale.

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Barca had been considering a stunning £180m switch for the World Cup winner, with reports claiming Pogba's agent Mino Raiola had opened talks with the Nou Camp officials and that his client was open to a possible move to Spain.

Reports also claimed Barcelona were willing to hand Pogba a deal worth around £10m-a-season.

The speculation mounted, to cast further doubts on Pogba's strained relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese manager axed Pogba for several big games last season, despite United making him their record signing for £89m in 2016.

Pogba has struggled to produce his best and most consistent form since returning to United from Juventus.

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The Frenchman was understood to be fuming last month when Mourinho refused to praise his efforts in helping France win the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Instead, the Portuguese manager urged Pogba to do the same with United and suggested he was not focused enough when on club duty.

But Mourinho made Pogba captain in their Premier League opener against Leicester where he scored a penalty from the spot in their 2-1 win.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that France midfielder Paul Pogba has cast fresh doubt over his Manchester United future by saying he would get fined if he really opened up about his happiness.

Pogba's relationship with Jose Mourinho appears to be the reason of not getting to terms with life at Old Trafford after the World Cup.

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