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Barcelona weigh up their next move after Manchester United reject Pogba bid


Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Manchester United are standing firm in their bid to hold onto star midfielder Paul Pogba after they rejected an offer from Barcelona for the France ace.

The Catalan giants submitted a bid that would see £45m go the other way, along with United target Yerry Mina and central midfielder Andre Gomes.

However, that offer was rejected by United's chief executive Ed Woodward, who still sees a future for Pogba at the club despite the World Cup winner's strained relationship with Jose Mourinho.

It is yet to be seen if the 25-year-old will be involved in Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester after returning to training this week.

United are still trying to add one more player before tomorrow's 5pm deadline.

It is believed Mourinho is still determined to add one of Mina, Toby Alderweireld or Harry Maguire, but is not willing to pay the asking prices on any of them.

The Red Devils would have to stump up £75m to lure Maguire away from Leicester, while Spurs - who have offered £25m for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish - want £50m for Alderweireld.

Elsewhere, Chelsea are in talks with Athletic Bilbao over Kepa Arrizabalaga as Thibaut Courtois edges closer to a move to Real Madrid. Bilbao want £71m for Kepa, which would be a world record for a goalkeeper.

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