It has been widely reported that Manchester City are showing an interest in Juventus star Paul Pogba. The French midfielder has developed quite the reputation for himself since his move to the Italian Champions from Manchester United in 2012.
The 21-year-old seems to be the overwhelming favourite to be the long term successor to City midfielder general Yaya Toure. With the Ivorian turning 32 before the end of the season, how long he can keep performing at the high standard that is expected of him is anyone's guess.
With former Manchester City boss Roberto Manaci publicly showing his desire to bring his former player to Italy, would the temptation of playing in another country which he so far has yet tp test himself in and the potential of one last big pay day be to much?
Toure's agent Dimitry Seluk this week however has claimed such a move would be unlikely as his client is very happy at the club.
He said "Yaya loves Manchester City and, despite what is sometimes said, he is happy at the club. "In fact, he would like to stay for life. He would love nothing better than to finish his playing career with City and then work for the club after that.
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"That's why I want City to give Yaya a new contract, to show him that they want him to be part of the future. It is not about money. It is about keeping Yaya at the club until his playing days are over and showing the club's best player that he is respected and loved.
In fact the Ukrainian goes on the say how a role for the four time African Player of the Year behind the scenes could be a perfect match for Toure and City.
He added: "When he stops playing, then Yaya could have an executive role, perhaps as sporting director. Think about it. He has played in Belgium, Ukraine, Greece, France, Spain and England.
"He has won championships with Olympiakos, Barcelona and Manchester City. He has won the Champions League and the African Cup of Nations. He knows world football. The only market that City want to buy players from at the moment is Spain."
It would appear then that Yaya has no intention of leaving City any time soon. A successor in the long term still however has to be found and if Pogba is that man, bringing him in now while Toure is still so influential might be a perfect combination. Not only would Pogba be able to learn from one of the best midfielders in world football, it would also help with the transition for both club and player.
The timing could not be better for City if they choose to make their interest into a firm offer this summer. With Juventus keeping a keen eye on City's Stevan Jovetic, a deal involving cash and player could very well suit both clubs. Jovetic has flattered to deceive so far in his City career and looks to have dropped down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium, so a return to Italy would be ideal for the Montenegrin forward.