Barcelona appear not to have noticed Man Utd’s option on Pogba, while Dybala is said to be a Chelsea target…

Barcelona are in a bad way financially, which is highlighted again this morning by reports that the club is hoping to negotiate a further 30 per cent wage cut. SER Catalunya says Barca will attempt to convince their squad to do their bit by taking a lower salary in return for a longer contract. Good luck with that, lads.

So it comes as no shock that they are being linked with freebies in the transfer market. David Alaba is one player on their radar, even if Juventus are supposedly the front runners to sign the Bayern Munich defender.

Somewhat more surprising is to see Barca being linked with Paul Pogba as a free agent. Mundo Deportivo suggests the Manchester United midfielder would be ‘interested’ to hear from Barca since his current deal expires next summer. Of course he would be. Pogba would obviously rather be heading anywhere else than back to Manchester today after international duty.

What the story fails to mention, however, is that United have the option to extend Pogba’s terms for another year which they will certainly do, even if they plan to get rid of him next summer. But they certainly won’t give him away. Continue reading

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