Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu downplays Manchester United’s Paul Pogba talk

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has played down reports of a future move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Bartomeu was responding to a question relating to media reports that Barca had offered cash alongside Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes for the Frenchman.

“I read these rumours – not just Pogba but a lot of players,” Bartomeu told an interview with The Times.

“Most of the teams don't want to sell their players. They want to grow.

“In football, you have to win, to generate funds, be successful. Also, I don’t like to speak about other teams’ players.

“When you hear from agents that a certain player is on the market – and I am not saying that about this player, but generally – I will sometimes call the CEO and say 'Is it true you want to sell this player?'. Usually they say 'No way, not for sale' and that's the end of it.

“We'll see which players come out. We're focused on the league, so it's best to ask Eric Abidal, Ramon Planes or Pep Segura (the sports management team at the Camp Nou) about players. There's still time to do business.”

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