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Barcelona president says signing Chelsea transfer target is an 'objective'

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FC Barcelona are currently banned from registering new players, but it doesn't sound like they're going to let that stop them from chasing top talents in the transfer market. On Sunday, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu confirmed that the European champions would be lodging a bid for Juventus midfielder and rumored Chelsea target Paul Pogba:

"Pogba is a great player and it’s true he is one of our objectives. Obviously we are interested in Pogba, but I cannot say any more than that. We cannot sign anybody before January, so I can’t say more."

If Bartomeu is making public the club's interest in a player during an election year, it's probably a good sign that they're going to make a very serious push for that player. It's also probably worth noting that Bartomeu probably needs more than just a Champions League victory to have any chance of election, as he was a key figure in earning the club's current transfer ban, as well as the Neymar signing fiasco.

Money shouldn't be an issue for the La Liga club, despite the fact that Spanish television contracts aren't growing nearly as quickly as those in England. They still make a ton of money from their television deal, and winning the Champions League will certainly give them a bit of extra cash to spend.

While unsurprising, it's probably a bad sign for Chelsea fans hoping for Pogba that Barcelona are making their interest public. Even if the Blues do manage to land the player, it certainly won't be cheap.