Manchester City are willing to offer both Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko plus cash in order to secure the services of Paul Pogba in the summer, according to reports.
Pogba, who is currently out of action through injury, is one of the most in-demand players in Europe and has attracted attention from a host of major clubs on the continent.
The Juventus star is wanted by the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, while Manchester United are keen to take their former player back to Old Trafford. However it seems as though Manchester City are gearing up to make a big play for Pogba, and will make his club an offer they seemingly cannot refuse.
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According to the Mirror, the Citizens will hand over both Dzeko and Nasri plus an undisclosed fee in order to get the man they feel they can build a team around after their failed title bid this season.
Nasri in particular looks set to leave Manchester City regardless of whether he ends up at Juventus as part of a deal for Pogba or not, with the Mirror suggesting he will be moved on after an outburst over being dropped.
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The paper claims that the former Arsenal man reacted angrily when manager Manuel Pellegrini left him out against Leicester on 4 March. The 27-year-old was then spotted leaving the Etihad Stadium before the end of the game.
The move for Pogba is likely to ignite a fierce transfer battle with Manchester United, who want to lure Pogba back. He left Old Trafford under a cloud on a free transfer in 2012 after what he perceived as a sleight over a lack of game time.
Reports have claimed that Manchester United boss has made Pogba his top target for the summer, and is willing to make an offer in the region of £60 million to get him back. However the midfielder still holds some ill-feelings towards the Red Devils over his exit.
Real Madrid doesn't appear to be a viable destination either after his agent Mino Raiola hit out at the Spanish club over their negotiating tactics.
With Yaya Toure seemingly on his way out of Manchester City in the summer to Inter Milan, Pogba seems like a perfect replacement. He's got the power and dynamism of Toure but he's got a better overall game too - in short there's not a team in Europe he wouldn't improve.
However Manchester United will be able to throw just as much money at him, so it will come down to which team has the better prospects. Is it the reigning champions who may be under a new boss by the time he arrives, or the Red Devils who look like getting into the top four and have a bright future with a host of stars? Only time will tell.
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