Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United is again in doubt.
The French midfielder’s agent Mino Raiola was last night trying to engineer a move away from Old Trafford as he held talks with the club.
Barcelona are believed to be keen to snap up the £89million star, who returned to Carrington for training on Monday.
Raiola would love to make the deal happen — although he faces a huge battle to persuade United to sell with no time to find a replacement.
The Premier League’s transfer window shuts on Thursday, although Spanish clubs have until the end of August to sign players.
On World Cup final day — Pogba’s agent had approached Barca, while Juventus were also keen to re-sign him.
Back in April, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola revealed Raiola had been in touch with them regarding Pogba.
United insisted Pogba, 25, was not for sale and their stance has not shifted since then.
But the fact Raiola, who was in the north-west yesterday, is trying so hard will only increase the belief the players wants out of United after just two years.
There has been little sign of a thaw in the frosty relationship between Pogba and Jose Mourinho this summer.
The Portuguese boss stopped short of praising his midfielder for his starring role in Russia.
He said: “I don’t think it’s about us getting the best out of him, it’s about him giving the best he has to give…
“I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give their best.
“Why? Because it’s closed for a month, where he can only think about football.
“During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus.”
Mourinho has tried various ways of getting the best out of Pogba.
And the hope is the arrival of £52m Brazilian Fred will allow Les Bleus ace more freedom.
However Pogba missed the whole of pre-season due to his involvement in the World Cup.
And he took three weeks off following the celebrations in Paris — leaving him little time to get match fit before the season starts on Friday.
Mourinho also made pointed remarks about some of his World Cup players returning early while others took their full allocation of holiday.