‘They told me no’: Barcelona REJECTED chances to sign Paul Pogba and Erling Haaland despite repeated recommendations, reveals ex-transfer chief Ariedo Braida as he slams the club for ignoring him and ‘giving the power to execute deals to others’
- Barcelona were advised to sign Paul Pogba and Erling Haaland by Ariedo Braida
- The 74-year-old, who left Barca last year, revealed they rejected his suggestions
- Braida spoke with Juventus about Pogba but Barca had no intentions to sign him
- He had previously helped bring Kaka and Andriy Shevchenko to AC Milan
- But found he was ignored at Barcelona, who ended up sacking him in 2019
Braida, who joined Barcelona in 2015 before his acrimonious departure last year, was responsible for recruiting and negotiating deals for foreign talent and was part of a sporting committee – which involved president Josep Maria Bartomeu, vice president Javier Bordas, Jordi Mestre and Alberto Soler – who would discuss possible transfer targets.
The 74-year-old had previously held a similar role at AC Milan and played a key role in facilitating deals for Ruud Gullit, Kaka, Andriy Shevchenko and Thiago Silva to move to the club, but despite his reputation, found that Barcelona routinely dismissed his suggestions.
Barcelona rejected chances to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba when he was at Juventus
Erling Haaland (right) was also put forward but Barcelona said he didn’t fit their profile
Former Barcelona transfer chief Ariedo Braida has slammed club for ignoring his suggestions
Braida admitted he was involved in negotiations to bring Pogba to the Nou Camp, but knew that the club never actually had any plans to strike a deal for the player, who he had put forward to Barcelona’s sporting committee.
Speaking to Marca as per Goal, he said: ‘It’s not a lie. It is true that Albert Soler and I went to Milan and met with the Juventus board. But despite the talks, there was no real intention to sign him.
‘In fact, Pogba ended up staying that summer in Turin and did not go to another club. I said he was a great player, I was talking about it with Albert Soler, with whom I consider that he had a good personal relationship, but again, professionally we could not work together because I was not allowed.’
Braida had also identified Haaland, Inter Milan’s Nico Barella and Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo but was left frustrated when Barca ignored his advice again.
Braida was key in helping AC Milan sign star players Kaka (left) and Andriy Shevchenko (right)
He revealed he held talks with Juventus over Pogba but Barca had no intentions of signing him
‘They did not give me the responsibility, they put others in charge of this…