Manchester City plan bid for Paul Pogba

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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could make a return to the city in the January transfer window, as Manchester City reportedly plan to test the resolve of Juventus to keep the France international.

The 20-year-old has flourished during his short stay in Turin and, according to The Sun, Manchester City harbour hopes of bringing Pogba to the Etihad Stadium, although will have to spend big to clinch his signature.

Pogba has two years left on his contract with Juventus, but the Serie A champions would reportedly consider offers of upwards of £40 million, were a formal approach to be made for the player.

Chelsea are also being credited with interest in Pogba, as are Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but Manchester City would appear to be the leading candidates to sign him, were Juventus to sell.

Patrick Vieira, the head of the elite development squad with City, is cited as the hero of Pogba, and could play a pivotal role in ensuring Manuel Pellegrini's side beat off competition from others.

A move to Manchester City would serve as a bitter blow to Manchester United, who gave up on the player in the summer of 2012 due to his excessive wage demands.

Sir Alex Ferguson slammed Pogba at the time for disrespecting Manchester United, and the Frenchman eventually left Old Trafford for a free transfer switch to Juventus.

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