Barcelona Target Paul Pogba Reportedly Irritated By Jose Mourinho Comments On World Cup Exploits

?Manchester United’s season hasn’t even started and already there are reports that the strained relationship between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho has not been healed by a summer apart.

After a frustrating and inconsistent 2017/18 campaign for the Frenchman, he came to the fore with some excellent performances at the World Cup as France won the tournament, with Pogba among the goals in the final.

According to ?the Times, Pogba is said to have been angered by comments from Mourinho that implied Pogba’s success at the World Cup could not be replicated in the conditions of a full season.

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“Paul was like the [France] team,” Mourinho said. “He started average and ended top.

“The World Cup takes one month and for one month the players are in a closed camp, isolated from the external world, isolated from commercial compromises and isolated from every possible influence.

“They just think about football. It’s a perfect habitat for a young, talented player to grow up and flourish.”

The report claims Pogba has told his teammates of his displeasure with Mourinho’s criticism, though in the absence of any concrete quotes these claims should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Pogba has admitted in the past that he has had “small issues” with Mourinho, a notoriously tough taskmaster. However, he has also insisted that he thrives under the pressure of criticism.

These rumours come amid reports that Barcelona are interested in Pogba. The Spanish champions could use United’s interest in Yerry Mina as leverage to take the Frenchman to the Nou Camp.

?The Blaugrana have reportedly made an offer of £45m plus Mina and Andre Gomes, but this bid was deemed “derisory” by United.


Barcelona Cool Paul Pogba Interest After Man Utd Take Firm Stance Over France Midfielder

Barcelona have decided to end their pursuit of Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, according to Spanish publication Sport.

The Catalan side did not present an official offer for the player, but the report claims United informed them of the midfielder’s status at Old Trafford anyway, branding him “non-transferable”.

Pogba’s frustrations playing for his current team have been well documented. The Frenchman has since admitted that he was indeed at odds with manager Jose Mourinho towards the end of last season and sources had linked him with a move to Barca or a return to Juventus.

The player’s agent, Mino Raiola, reportedly landed in England this week in order to facilitate a transfer, with Pogba said to be intent on starting fresh after two seasons back at United. 

However, the latest information coming out of Spain states that there is no possibility of a move coming to fruition, especially given that the Red Devils would only have two days to find a suitable replacement.

The English club are refusing to negotiate with Barcelona, or any other club for that matter. But Sport are claiming that the Primera Division giants will continue to monitor the situation should things change before the Premier League’s transfer Deadline Day.

Pogba was described as being excited over the prospect of moving to the Camp Nou and reuniting with close friend Arturo Vidal, who recently joined the Spanish side from Bayern Munich. Mourinho, though, has decided that the player is still an important part of his plans for next season and isn’t entertaining the idea of the World Cup winner leaving Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old has returned from his extended holiday following France’s triumph last month. But the manager is said to have fumed over the player’s refusal to cut his vacation short and return to training earlier than planned.


Barcelona New Boy Arthur to Wear Number 8 Shirt After Andres Iniesta’s Departure

??Barcelona new boy Arthur Melo has reportedly been handed the famed number eight shirt at the Camp Nou after the departure of the legendary Andres Iniesta, after eagle eyed fans spotted a key indicator in Arturo Vidal’s announcement video. 

As highlighted by some switched on viewers, fans of the Catalan based club spotted the former Gremio man’s image in the Camp Nou dressing room between Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquet’s positions during Vidal’s presentation. 

??The 21-year-old only arrived at the club this summer in a reported £40m move from Gremio, but the Blaugrana are clearly pinning their hopes on the Brazilian being as effective as the departed Spanish icon by giving him the illustrious number eight shirt. 

In fairness, the youngster did nothing to quash the hype surrounding him with a thunderous strike against ?Tottenham on his debut for the club, perhaps suggesting that he could, in time, be a more than competent replacement for Iniesta. 

The signing of the experienced Vidal to play alongside him in midfield should ease him into life at arguably the biggest club in the world, although the decision to give him number eight will do no favours for easing the pressure on his young shoulders. 

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At just 21 years of age, however, Arthur has received a call up to the Brazil squad, whilst also playing 66 times for Gremio, winning the Copa do Brasil and the Copa Libertadores. 


Report Claims Everton Agree €32m Fee for Yerry Mina Despite Barça Star’s Desire to Join Man Utd

??Everton and ?Manchester United both remain in the hunt to sign Yerry Mina in what promises to be a fierce battle for the Colombian’s signature which could go all the way to deadline day.

Reports last week claimed that United were close to securing Mina’s services but now ?Sport reports that Everton have stolen a march on their ?Premier League rivals to sign the ?Barcelona centre back for a fee of 32m.

They believe that the deal is “practically closed” and that a contract will be signed before the end of business on Monday. Mina will apparently sign a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

However, Colombian journalist Guillermo Arango believes differently. He claims to have heard from Mina’s agent and uncle Jair Mina that United is a much more likely destination for the 23-year-old.

Jair has told me that they have offers from Everton and Lyon. But they want to go to Manchester United,” Arango said, quoted by ?ComuTricolor.

“Jair says: ‘It will be Manchester United. They already met with me, met Matt Judge and are simply finalizing the final offer for Yerry Mina to be a Manchester United player.’

“It will be Manchester United, 90%, the new team of Yerry Mina.”

Jair Mina also said that if the United deal did fall through, Everton would be the most likely alternative destination. This would be a disappointment to the third club interested in Mina, Lyon.

?L’Equipe suggests that Mina would prefer Lyon to Everton because they can offer Champions League football. The French club hope to use their good relationship with Barcelona, established during the 2016 sale of Samuel Umtiti, in their favour.

Everton and Manchester United have until Thursday to complete a deal for Mina; Lyon have until the end of August.


Arturo Vidal Names the Players He’s Excited to Play With at Barcelona & Targets ‘Winning Everything’

?Arturo Vidal is excited to get going at ?Barcelona after joining from Bayern Munich, stating his intention to “win everything” at the Nou Camp.

The 31-year-old ?became Barcelona’s fourth signing of the summer on Friday as he completed a transfer believed to be worth £27m in value.

Having won the league title in each of his last seven seasons – four with Juventus, three with Bayern – Vidal has become accustomed to a certain level of success, and he wants to continue that in Spain.

“To be honest I am very happy,” he told ?Barcelona’s official website. “I am looking forward to starting training with my teammates, to wearing such a famous shirt, and to doing important things here.

“It is a dream. I hope to achieve my objectives. I am here to win all the trophies available and I will give everything on the pitch to achieve this.”

“[I will bring] a lot of fight, lots of passion, helping the team at all times, and making sure the team always wins.”

Vidal and Barcelona share a common goal: to win the Champions League. Vidal was a runner-up with Juventus in 2015 and Barcelona have witnessed their rivals Real Madrid win the trophy in each of the last three seasons.

Vidal did not limit himself to European success though, as he hopes Barcelona can be a dominant force in every competition.

“During the three-year contract, I hope we can win everything we play for,” he said. “I am excited to play with Messi, [Luis] Suarez, Sergio Busquets…they are all great players.”

Barcelona face Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup next weekend before beginning their league defence against Alaves six days later.