Manchester City are ready to target a stunning £25 million swoop for Juventus star Paul Pogba next summer, but only if they fail to persuade Everton that they should cash in on their number one transfer target Ross Barkley.
Everton will only consider allowing Barkley to leave if they receive a whopping £50 million offer, a figure that has put off potential suitors in City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
City value the England international at less than half that sum and have already privately decided that they will probably have to change tact, turning their attention to a player in Pogba who all of their title rivals would love to lure away from Juventus if given the opportunity.
Pogba is nothing short of the world's most exciting young midfielder and is being tracked by United, Chelsea and Real Madrid, but The Sun believe that Juve are resigned to selling their young talisman at some stage and will probably accept a £25m bid it comes in the next 12 months.
Juve in a difficult position
There's no question that Juve have given Pogba the platform to harness his talent over the last two seasons or so, bouncing back from a spell with Man United that ended disappointingly for both parties in 2012.
United failed to persuade Pogba that he had a first-team future at Old Trafford, a decision that looks more baffling with every game in which the versatile, technically-gifted midfield struts his stuff in Serie A.
City have clearly taken notice and are in the Pogba race for the long game, perhaps viewing the powerhouse as a potential long-term replacement for the ageing Yaya Toure.
Interest in the the 21-year-old is undoubtedly high, which makes The Sun's claim that Juve would do business for £25m look strange, particularly considering previous reports that have valued the talent at a fee approaching £60m.
Pogba is already a proven commodity and if truly available for less than half of the asking price Everton are quoting for Barkley this transfer looks an absolute no-brainer for any top club across the continent, not just City.
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