Man United and Chelsea face competition for £77m midfielder

Manchester United and Chelsea have been joined by Barcelona in the chase for Paul Pogba, with the La Liga giants also looking at Arsenal transfer target Isco as an adequate alternative, the Express reports.

Despite the Catalan giants being banned from signing any players until the beginning of 2016, they are already eyeing up Pogba as the first player on their transfer wishlist.

This is set to spark a battle with Premier League duo Man United and Chelsea, who are both extremely keen on the France international after considering a massive £77million offer already this winter.

Pogba’s Mino Raiola has previously stated his client has not ruled out a move away from Juventus at the end of the season, but with Barca now interested, he could hold off until January in order to spark a bidding war.

But the Blaugrana are already looking at alternatives if they cannot land the 21-year-old, with Isco the name on their radar.

The Spain international ace has only managed to play regularly during the absence of Gareth Bale, with Carlo Ancelotti hinting that the trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Bale will always start if fit.

He said: “I have no doubt – if Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale are fit, they will always play.

“I have said this many times before – it’s not complicated. It’s a system that we started last year against Barcelona and we use it very well.”