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Barcelona Set To Sign Midfield Superstar For £64m

But the deal will not go through until the summer of 2016.

Barcelona have reportedly agreed a £64 million deal to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The transfer which will not go through until July 2016 was allegedly made during a lunch held between officials from the two clubs.

The fee for the France international is reported to be around £57 million with £7 million in add-ons but due to Barcelona's transfer embargo it will not go through until next summer.

Pogba who helped Juventus to reaching a Champions League final last season has been sought after by a number of top european sides, including, Manchester City and Manchester United.

The deal will mean that the central midfielder will stay in Turin for one more season before making his dream move to Catalonia.

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta said he felt the key to signing Pogba is agent Mino Raiola who he felt Barcelona had a strong relationship with.

He said: "We carried out negotiations with him for the deals involving Maxwell and Zlatan Ibrahimovic." Despite reports a deal has been reached, Laporte was keen to stress that nothing has been finalised yet. "I think it's fine that the (Barca) management meet with Juve but the one they have to talk to is Raiola, he holds the key," Laporta added. "Pogba is highly sought-after. He has great quality and fits into Barca's style of play. "He costs a lot of money but he is a reference player like Neymar, (Luis) Suarez or Cristiano (Ronaldo), that also cost a lot of money."
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