Manchester City have secret weapon in Paul Pogba chase

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Manchester City could, according to The Sun, have a secret weapon in their quest to win the race to sign Paul Pogba - striker Stevan Jovetic.

The Montenegro forward has been pushed further down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium since the arrival of £25 million man Wilfried Bony, and could be used as bait to lure Pogba back to Manchester.

Juventus are known admirers of Jovetic but are thought to have preferred a loan move rather than matching City's £20 million valuation. However they could be interested in including him in any potential Pogba deal.

Pogba's a popular player

Since joining Juventus on a free transfer in 2012, Pogba has become perhaps the most sought after young player in world football.

Among the club's interested in signing him are City's Premier League title rivals Chelsea, while Manchester United are also reportedly keen on bringing Pogba back to Old Trafford having let him go for nothing just two and a half years ago.

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Whoever wins the race for the Frenchman's signature will have to come up with one hell of an offer after Mino Raiola, Pogba's agent, claimed only a bid of £200million would lure his client away from Turin.

How much will Pogba cost?

According to The Express Pogba's suitors are preparing offers well off Raiola's extravagant valuation of his client. It's reported that Chelsea are preparing a £40 million offer to bring the 21-year-old to London, while Manchester United could go as high as £60 million to sign their former youngster.

While City's owners are infamously rich, Financial Fair Play sanctions may prevent them entering a bidding war, however including Jovetic in any potential offer could seal the deal.

Juve will not stump up £20 million to sign Jovetic alone, but they may be willing to meet that valuation in a part-exchange deal. That could see City offer just £20 million cash in order to go toe-to-toe with Chelsea.

Pogba would complete City

Despite boasting a star-studded squad City have yet to prove themselves as one of Europe's elite clubs, but signing Pogba could change all that. The powerful midfielder is a natural replacement for the ageing Yaya Toure but in the mean time could form an unstoppable partnership with the Ivorian.

Pogba combines a dominating physical presence with excellent technical ability in equal measure, making him unplayable on his day.

If City can line him up alongside the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Vincent Kompany they'd be taking a huge step towards realising their Champions League dreams.

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