Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola met Manchester City chiefs on Friday to discuss the possibility of his client making a stunning return to the Premier League in the not to distant future, according to Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri.
The Gazzetta dello Sport correspondent unleashed that transfer bomb on Twitter earlier today, insisting that Raiola held positive talks with City representatives in a bid to keep the French midfielder's options open despite helping the 21-year-old bag a lucrative new deal at Juve just six weeks ago.
Palmeri's exclusive was quickly carried by French publication Le10 Sport and would appear to hold some weight, although City will have to stay patient and be prepared to dig deep if they truly see Pogba as Yaya Toure's long-term replacement.
Ink barely dry on new Juve contract
Juve managed to secure Pogba's future, or at least so they thought, after getting arguably the world's most exciting young midfielder to put pen to paper on a deal worth €4.5 million in October.
The Old Lady were primarily protecting their own interests by securing Pogba until at least the summer of 2019, an astute move that while not removing speculation regarding his future at least ensured they'll fetch an enormous fee should they be persuaded to cash in on their star man at any point in the next four-and-a-half years.
Unfinished business in the Premier League
Unless you are a Manchester United fan it's very easy to forget that Pogba has already tried his luck in the Premier League once before, albeit during an all too brief and frustrating spell at Old Trafford as a teenager.
Pogba failed to convince Sir Alex Ferguson that he deserved to be fast-tracked into United's first team, making just seven senior appearances before deciding to leave for Juve as a free agent in the summer of 2012.
That decision has proved to an unequivocal success and one that makes Ferguson's reluctance to play Pogba look misjudged, with the technically-gifted star now firmly established in Juve's first team and as a feature of the France side which impressed on their way to the World Cup quarter-finals last summer.
£60m fee may prove the stumbling block
Man City would no doubt be far from alone in hoping to persuade Pogba that he should give the Premier League a second crack under the right conditions, with United themselves plus Chelsea and Real Madrid consistently linked with a genuine future superstar of world football.
Potential suitors have been put off in the past by a whopping £60 million asking price and Juve's stance on that eye-watering valuation likely hasn't changed, but a cool customer like Raiola is playing the long game when it comes to these protracted negotiations.
Raiola took the meeting with City to touch base and most probably declare that a transfer is possible somewhere down the line, not in January and perhaps not even next summer when you consider how closely City are being policed by UEFA's new Financial Fair Play rules.
City are the first club to have a meeting with Raiola over Pogba become public knowledge though, which means at this stage they have to considered favourites to go in with a big offer next summer or when they decide Toure's natural successor has to be sought out.