Juventus and Mino Raiola are at odds regarding Paul Pogba, with Beppe Marotta contradicting the agent’s claims of who Barcelona should have approached first.
Marotta stated earlier in July that the Bianconeri had rejected an €80m bid from La Blaugrana for the Frenchman, but Raiola has made it clear that Joan Laporta has the best chance of landing the player after laughing off the proposal made by Josep Maria Bartomeu’s board.
“[If Joan Laporta is re-elected Barca President, Pogba] has a big chance of joining Barca,” he was quoted as saying by Marca on Thursday.
“I don’t know [Barca director] Albert Soler. His trip to Turin seemed political and more to do with taking a photograph [and drawing attention].
“It was a very strange journey, a silly one at that. Paul and I weren’t even in Turin.
“First, [Barca] need to negotiate with me and then Juventus, but it can be done.
“[Barca’s decision to send Soler to Turin] was very complicated.”
Speaking to Mundo Deportivo a day later, however, the general manager was quick to shoot down Raiola’s suggestions.
“Whoever wants Pogba must talk with Juventus first, not Raiola,” he stressed.
“The situation is clear between Barcelona and Juventus after the meeting we had in Milan with Albert Soler and my friend Ariedo Braida.
“[Barca] made us a serious and concrete offer and we answered in the same way.
“We’ve spent months negotiating with Barca, club to club, in a serious and correct way, as it should be between two teams with so much history and importance in world football.”