Barcelona have already shifted their focus toward finding ways to improve a squad already boasting quality players such as Lionel Messi, Neymar and Ivan Rakitic. Despite the Blaugranas’ being banned from signing any players until January 2016, due to their breaching the rules on the transfer of U18 players, they are continuing as planned and treating the current period as an ordinary transfer window — the only difference being newcomers won’t be registered until the ban expires.

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Paul Pogba is the chosen one — and rightly so. Unsurprisingly, the Catalans’ presidential candidates are competing against one another for a photograph of them shaking the hand of the 22-year-old while wearing the Blaugrana colours. For a team already boasting some of the most talented midfielders in football history, only the addition of a slightly different kind of player makes sense, especially given Luis Enrique’s eagerness to make Barcelona’s game more incisive, physical and direct.

READ my full column “Paul Pogba is Barcelona’s most logical signing this transfer season” for ESPN here.

It’s your turn

What do you think? Does treble-winning Barcelona need Paul Pogba? How much would you pay Juventus as a transfer fee? I’d love to hear your views. Share your thoughts with our fellow Blaugranas in the comment box below.

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  1. Maybe they could buy him and loan him back to Juve for a season? Might help them beat competition from Real and City. Or if they buy him and keep him, he could train with reserves. Suarez did good that way. Not playing for 6 months has its own downsides though.

    1. Good point, Akshat. Ideally, I'd complete the transfer this summer and give him the next five months to train alongside his teammates, helping him get used to a new environment and a completely new way to understand the game. Failing that, leave him on loan at Juventus until January 2016.

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