Journalist Toni Juanmarti from Diario SPORT FC Barcelona is working on a big name signing “in secret”. Although Juanmarti did not specify who as there are a number of names that are being leaked.
Speculations are being made however that the supposed "big name" is none other that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Éric Abidal, Barcelona’s new sporting director, happens to be French as well and the two are said to have a good relationship.
According to Juanmarti, “Paulinho’s exit leaves space for a first-class midfielder. And with first-class cost, too.”
Filling in the need
Juanmarti wrote that “The club knows that Real Madrid will strengthen and they are thinking about answering [their president, Florentino Pérez].”
There are only hints that a big name midfielder may be one of their top candidates. One that has not been mentioned much before and has good ties with Abidal.