Barca Open to Paul Pogba Move, Ernesto Valverde Receives Backing


Barcelona is open to a move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba after club CEO Oscar Grau backed coach Ernesto Valverde, putting the pressure on the club to turn things around after failing to pick up a win in the first 3 games of the season.

Barca is also targeting Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot and Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong in an effort to bolster their midfield and will look into potential moves during the transfer window this winter of during next summer.

“The budget doesn’t contemplate any signings midseason, but it does include contract renewals which we hope to finalize,” Grau said during a news conference on Tuesday, according to ESPN FC.

“But even though [potential signings are not included], there are many ways of doing things. If the coaching staff ask for someone, we will look at it. We’re not closing any doors.”

While they may be open to a move for Pogba, a new ESPN FC report says that Pogba is currently not for sale despite his divide with manager Jose Mourinho that is not improving.

Regarding Valverde, Grau says that the manager has full support.

“There’s complete confidence in Valverde,” he said. “The season’s long, don’t forget. We are confident that we will achieve our objectives.”