Barcelona join the chase to sign Paul Pogba, reveals Pavel Nedved
Barcelona are looking to sign coveted midfielder Paul Pogba once their FIFA-imposed transfer embargo has been lifted next year, Juventus director Pavel Nedved believes.
According to Nedved, the Spanish giants are keen to acquire the France international, who has been a big hit since arriving at Juve from Manchester United in 2012.
The 22-year-old is tied to the Turin giants until June 2019.
"We know that Barca and other big clubs want him," Nedved said in an interview to El Mundo Deportivo newspaper. "But Pogba has a contract with us."
Barca cannot acquire any players until 2016 after the Catalan club was punished for breaching rules regarding the signing of international players under the age of 18.
Pogba has been strongly linked with a move to Paris St Germain this summer while former club United as well as neighbours Manchester City and Premier League leaders Chelsea are also reported to be interested in signing the midfielder.
The Frenchman played a major role in helping Juventus clinch their third successive scudetto last season, scoring seven goals and setting up seven more in 36 Serie A appearances for the Bianconeri.
Juve, who are still competing on three fronts this season, are currently without Pogba's services after he sustained a hamstring injury last month and was ruled out of action until May.
"We lose a lot without him," Nedved said. "He is a footballer with an enormous quality but we cannot cry about it.
"We have a great roster that can overcome his loss."
Juve are 14 points clear at the top of Serie A with 10 games remaining.
They are also in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia and through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they will face Monaco.