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Pogba Would Blow Barca’s Wage Budget

FC Barcelona remain keen to sign Paul Pogba in the near future, but a deal seems some way off as the Juventus midfielder's wages would reportedly create too big a hole in the club's finances.

Read: 5 Stars Linked With Barca

Luis Enrique's side are currently experiencing a tricky spell, having to deal with a slimmed-down squad following the injuries to Lionel Messi and Rafinha, as well as the departure of Pedro Rodriguez.

Many reports suggest the club will be very active in the January transfer window, and one of the players linked with the Catalans is Pogba.

However, Marca now claim the club's leadership would like to avoid spending in January and only sanction moves if they find themselves in a desperate situation.

The report cites Barcelona's increased wage bill, which rose by €100 million to €419 million for all club staff, as the main reason.

This figure apparently equals 73% of the Catalans' overall budget, which should ideally float between 50 to 70% to be financially sustainable.

Pogba would reportedly ask for wages of more than €10 million a year and put further pressure on the wage balance within the squad.

Read: Reports: Messi Facing 22-Month Jail Sentence

Under the current circumstances, this mega-deal seems unlikely, and that's why president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board continue to work hard to grow revenue at the club.

Do you think Pogba would suit Barcelona and is worth breaking the bank? Have your say in the comments section below.


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