Premier League champions Manchester City are now in pole position to land Juventus star Paul Pogba after officials at the club held secret talks with the Frenchman's representatives.
The Express reports how the France international - who is one of Juve's star-assets in the heart of midfield - has been linked with a move away from Italy for the past two seasons, with mega-rich clubs across Europe all interested in signing the 21-year-old.
City are joined by English rivals, Manchester United and Chelsea in the race for Pogba, as well as French champions Paris Saint-Germain and Spanish duo Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The powerhouse has risen to become one of football's most promising talents after leaving Old Trafford after a fall-out with Sir Alex Ferguson, and during his time in Italy he has developed into one of the world's best central midfielders.
Pogba revealed all about his time in England in a recent interview and he admitted that after being left out of a Capital One Cup game he knew it was time to leave, and that is what he did when his contract expired.
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He swapped Manchester for Turin and quickly became a crucial figure in Serie A's most dominant squad. However, with his reputation growing, interest remains high and according to reports, Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to land the Frenchman.
Reports have emerged this morning that officials from the Etihad have already spoken to Pogba's representatives regarding a potential transfer in the summer, with a move in January all-but ruled out already.
Despite signing a new long-term deal at the end of last season, Pogba's future at Juve is unclear and it's believed they have told City that a bid of around £55 million would be enough for them to part ways with the powerhouse.
Last month, Juve's president admitted that the club would struggle to hold on to both Pogba and Arturo Vidal if mega-bids came in, due to the fact the league isn't prestigious enough anymore, and it looks like Pogba may be the first of the duo to quit Turin.
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