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Barcelona Among Several Clubs Hoping To Land Manchester United Midfielder: Right Choice For Xavi?

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In a recent report, Catalan news outlet El Nacional mentioned that Barcelona are among several clubs hoping to land Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. It has been stated that the Catalan giants have set their sights on the French midfielder, who wants to move to Spain, but could face competition in the form of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in pursuit of him.

Pogba’s Impressive Numbers At Old Trafford This Season

Pogba has enjoyed a good run of form for Man United during this campaign but suffered a recent setback when he was shown a red card against Liverpool. The 28-year-old has registered seven assists in 13 matches for the Red Devils this season in all competitions.

The talented midfield ace has proven his worth as a valuable contributor in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield as he is averaging 0.9 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 0.9 clearances, 2.2 shots, 1.7 key passes and 2.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even distributed the ball with conviction from midfield after completing 85% of his attempted passes in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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BERGAMO, ITALY – NOVEMBER 02: Paul Pogba of Manchester United looks to cross the ball whilst under pressure from Jose Luis Palomino of Atalanta BC during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Atalanta and Manchester United at Stadio di Bergamo on November 02, 2021 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
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Is Paul Pogba The Right Choice For Barcelona Boss Xavi?

Pogba has got everything in his locker to make a positive impact at both ends of the field. He can time his challenges well to secure the back for his side. More importantly, the French playmaker can contribute by picking up his fair share of goals and assists in the final third.

Thus, a player of Pogba’s quality will be an excellent addition to Barca’s match-day squad as they need a big name in midfield who can be a consistent performer at the Nou Camp. The Man United star has what it takes to form a productive midfield partnership with the likes of Frenkie De Jong and Sergio Busquets at the Catalan club in the coming seasons.

Plus, Pogba could serve as a good role model for some of the younger players like Gavi and Nico Gonzalez. Therefore, he will be a decent choice for Barcelona’s new manager Xavi as he will undeniably enhance the quality of his first XI over the next few years.

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