Sport Pogba too expensive for Barcelona - Braida
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Barcelona's director of international football Ariedo Braida has claimed the club pulled out of the race to sign Paul Pogba because they felt the France international was too expensive.
Pogba was being strongly linked with a move to Camp Nou before completing a switch to Manchester United from Juventus for a world record £93.8m fee on Tuesday.
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And Braida has since revealed the Liga champions were keen to sign the midfielder, but were ultimately priced out of a move.
"Barcelona pulled out of the race to sign Pogba for economic reasons," Braida told La Gazzetta dello Sport.READ MORE | Cole hails Pogba capture
"There is no discussion about his qualities and I think he will assert himself at Manchester United, but there will be criticism each time he is not at his best. People will see the transfer fee and expect him to win games on his own and this is simply not possible.
"Some figures are upsetting. No one is worth that kind of money. When you get to a certain level, we are getting too detached from normal life. We are talking about an operation of €150 million if we include wages.
"You never know how a player will react to being overpriced like that. Maybe it will not even influence him, but the pressure must be enormous."
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