Barcelona were interested in signing Manchester United-bound midfielder Paul Pogba but were priced out of a move, according to the Spanish giants’ international advisor Ariedo Braida.
Pogba, who made his senior debut for United in 2011 before leaving to join Juventus in 2012, is closing in on a return to Old Trafford for a world-record fee in the region of €110million.
Real Madrid have also been linked with the France international and, while Braida admits Barcelona were initially keen on Pogba, he says the club ended their interest after learning of his hefty price tag.
“Clearly when you talk about figures that go over €100million, you need to reflect on them,” Braida told Canale 21.
“It all comes down to the TV rights that brought in a lot of money and completely changed the logic of the transfer market. Clearly all players are overrated to some degree or another at this stage.
“We know Pogba, he is a player who proved to be very strong and, for a while, Barcelona were interested, but clearly the dynamics changed and once the figures reached a certain point, we were no longer interested.
“It’s hard to keep up at some stage, because you don’t only have to consider the price of the transfer fee, but also the player’s salary. Over the course of five years, that can amount to tens of millions.”
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