Pogba talk won’t go away

Talk of Paul Pogba’s unrest at Manchester United will not go away, both he and Barcelona have refused to talk over the weekend – but that has done little to calm the speculation.

Pogba was handed the captain’s armband for United’s opening day win over Leicester City, indeed he claimed the opening goal of the new season from the penalty spot.

United have insisted all summer he can’t leave, despite the ongoing speculation that Barcelona were lying in wait to seal a deal for the French World Cup winner.

And after their win over Leicester, Pogba got cryptic and told reporters he could not talk about his future in case he got fined.

“There are things I can say and there are things that I cannot say, otherwise I will get fined,” he is quoted as saying – this was followed by his message on Instagram saying: “If you are not happy you cannot give your best.”

Indeed, despite the Premier League transfer window shutting last week, clubs abroad still have a number of weeks to conclude deals which would allow them to take players form England – so in theory Pogba could still leave United.

And Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has refused to discuss reports of his side’s interest in Pogba.

When asked about Pogba, Bartomeu replied: “I never speak about names, there is respect for all clubs, there are 20 days left, we will see which players are left to leave, we are focused on the league, it’s better to ask [Eric] Abidal, [Ramon] Planes or Pep Segura about the subject of players, there are still days left to do actions if needed.”

Bookmakers still believe there is a chance that Pogba could be on his way to Barcelona this month, Ladbrokes price him at 9/2 to make the move.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “United got off to the perfect start in the league on Friday, but it looks as though a whole host of players could leave by the end of the month.”

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