Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba purchased a house in Barcelona, prompting speculation of an imminent transfer.
The Frenchman could be one of the biggest transfers in world football this summer should he choose to leave Bianconeri, with the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain among others willing to pay €100m for him.
The player caused worry among his Italian fans by purchasing a house in Barcelona, where the Blaugrana play.
However, a statement released by his real estate agency Proto Group Ltd claims that the purchase is not football-related.
“The purchase of a villa in Barcelona is in no way related to footballing matters,” said the company's director general, as reported by La Repubblica. “It is purely an estate investment.
“We wish to state this publicly because our client is a famous footballer and under great media attention in this period, so that this operation will certainly be reported by the Spanish newspapers, fuelling journalistic speculation that we do not wish to encourage.
“The same thing happened a few weeks ago with Lionel Messi, who purchased an attic in Paris through us, or Cristiano Ronaldo who bought an attic in New York.”
Nonetheless Pogba's story is bound to engender some speculation as it happened at the same time as his decision to stop paying rent on his house in Turin.
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