Luis Suarez: ‘Elite’ Paul Pogba ‘Would Always Be Welcome’ at Barcelona

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Luis Suarez: ‘Elite’ Paul Pogba ‘Would Always Be Welcome’ at Barcelona
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester United at Turf Moor on September 2, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

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Barcelona star Luis Suarez has followed the lead of team-mate Gerard Pique in saying Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba would be a welcome addition at the Camp Nou. 

Before the transfer window closed, Pique said “We would be happy to have him” at Barcelona, per the Daily Mail‘s Chris Wheeler.

Suarez echoed that sentiment when he spoke to RAC1 (h/t MailOnline’s James Dutton) on Tuesday:

“Pogba’s an elite player who’s won everything. He has a lot of quality and he’s one of the references at United. I think he would like to be competing for more than he is at the moment. He’s not a player that belongs to Barca, but he would always be welcome.”

Pogba was linked with a move to the Blaugrana over the summer. He’s said to be receptive to the idea of signing for them, and his agent Mino Raiola has reportedly been in contact with the club.

The Frenchman looks set for another year with United, given it’s highly unlikely they would part with him in January, but it seems Barca are laying the welcome mat with a charm offensive ahead of a potential arrival next summer.

In the meantime, Pogba faces a big year at Old Trafford. The midfielder has shown flashes of his quality since rejoining United in 2016 but hasn’t hit the heights he’s capable of nearly as often as manager Jose Mourinho would like.

In the Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Burnley, James Robson of the Evening Standard praised him for his contribution to Romelu Lukaku’s opener:

Later in the game, Pogba—who had already dispatched two spot-kicks this season—failed to convert a penalty.

We know he can be a consistent performer from his time with Juventus and excellent showings throughout the FIFA World Cup, in which he played a key role in France’s victory.

If he goes another season without becoming that at United, they may consider moving him on given they spent what was a world-record fee on him.

Barcelona would need to pay an enormous fee themselves to land him, but if they’re willing to do so they’ll be confident of unleashing his best form.

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