Manchester City are prepared to spend £100million to sign one of the best players in the world this summer as part of an ambitious target to win the Champions League, reports The Sun.
The Citizens crashed out to Barcelona in the round of 16 and know only a world-class star will improve their squad. While Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo remain seemingly out of reach, the arrival of Paul Pogba is a genuine possibility.
Juventus look set to cash in on their star player this summer and some are tipping him to break the world transfer record. If Manchester City owners are serious, then they could make Pogba the first nine-figure player.
An incredible offer
The offer would simply blow other interested parties out of the water. Manchester United have been linked with a similar move, but The Telegraph quoted a figure of £60m. That would be enough to break the British transfer record, edging the £59.7m the Red Devils paid for Angel di Maria, but it won't come close to matching City's ambition.
City could generate significant amounts by selling Yaya Toure. The 31-year-old has failed to live up to his potential this season and annoyed Etihad officials after trying to agitate his way out of the club in farcical circumstances last summer.
A move may be held up by the departure of Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean is widely expected to be sacked at the end of the season after a disappointing season for the current Premier League champions.
Pellegrini will be given the chance to save himself at a season-review meeting with the mega-rich owners, but he has a job on his hands unless he can close the gap on Chelsea. City want to make sure they hand the huge funds to the right man.
Plenty of interest
Whether Pogba would be willing to sign for Man City is a different question. He has, in the past, declared a lasting love for their close rivals United, but a return to Old Trafford is fraught with difficulties.
The Frenchman left in 2012 after an infamous fall out with Sir Alex Ferguson. The manager may be gone, but there are plenty of familiar faces that are still upset with the way Pogba acted in his final weeks at Carrington.
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