Barcelona have stepped up their pursuit of Paul Pogba, and are planning to monitor the 2018 World Cup winner at every Manchester United game this season

According to a report by Daily Mirror, Barcelona are set to intensify their pursuit of Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba. The Catalans’ hierarchy will be keeping close tabs on the 2018 World Cup winner over the course of the season, with plans to watch him in action in every game he features in.

By now, it has become common knowledge that Barcelona are interested in securing the services of Paul Pogba, who has become somewhat disillusioned at Manchester United in the initial stages of the season. In fact, the Blaugrana were eager to snap up the 25-year-old this past summer.

But, their plans were foiled by Manchester United, who knocked back their audacious bid. As a result, Barcelona have been forced to put off their their pursuit of the 2018 World Cup winner till next summer. This season, however, the La Liga champions plan to keep a close eye on Pogba and his performances.

Keeping a close eye on his compatriot. (Photo courtesy - Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)

Keeping a close eye on his compatriot. (Photo courtesy – Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)

The report suggests that Barcelona intend to have a scout present at every game that Manchester United play this season, so as to monitor Pogba and his development over the course of the campaign. The trend started with the outing against BSC Young Boys in the Champions League earlier this week, and would have continued when the Red Devils hosted Wolves on Saturday.

The Blaugrana view Pogba as their primary target for next summer, with Ernesto Valverde eager to create a core group of players who will serve well in the long-term future. The addition of the French World Cup winner would go a long way in serving the same purpose.

That Pogba has refused to rule out a move away from Manchester United has only strengthened the negotiating power for Barcelona, who believe he is keen on a switch to Camp Nou. But, the Premier League heavyweights will hope to keep hold of a player who is starting to grow in confidence once again at Old Trafford.

For now, there are plans in motion to lodge a bid in excess of £100 million by the time the summer transfer window opens next year, with Eric Abidal & co. keeping a close eye on Pogba’s progress. It now remains to be seen how things develop over the course of the campaign, as Barcelona intensify their pursuit of the World Cup winner.