Pogba

Xavi is opposed to Barcelona pursuing a deal for Paul Pogba following a meeting between club president Joan Laporta and super-agent Mino Raiola earlier this week.

Pogba’s contract with Manchester United expires at the end of the season, and he is keeping his options open regarding his future, with the France international eligible to negotiate terms with clubs outside of England from 1 January 2022.

According to Sport, Raiola met with Barcelona president Laporta a few days ago to discuss a potential deal to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

During their meeting, Raiola suggested three more of his clients –PSG’s Xavi Simons, Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui, and Pogba–for Barça to consider –all of whom are out of contract in the summer.

Laporta is adamant about signing Haaland despite Barcelona’s financial difficulties, while deals for Simons and Mazraoui ‘do not appear to be overly complicated’ and are at the very least considered feasible. However, head coach Xavi does not want Pogba on his team.

Xavi is concerned about Pogba’s commitment and physical style in comparison to the technical midfielders he prefers.

Barcelona already have a number of central midfielders on their books, and it remains one of the few positions on the pitch where they have depth following their recent injury crisis. Simons’ possible return from PSG would also provide an additional option in that position.

Dani Alves, who re-signed with the club last month and will be eligible to play in January, has also been used in midfield on occasion during his career twilight.

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