Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is the number one target for Manchester City, who are ready to make a huge transfer bid, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The 22-year-old is being courted by plenty of Europe's elite but City are hoping to entice the Frenchman with an unbelievable offer. The former Manchester United man has apparently already turned down a £220,000-a-week contract with Paris Saint-Germain and, with the auction of Pogba in its infancy, the player's agent Mino Raiola is hoping to hike the price to £75 million.
The France international spent three years at Old Trafford, making seven first-team appearances there. He then however decided to leave United on a free transfer in 2012 causing legendary Sir Alex Ferguson great annoyance.
Transfer controversies followed Pogba throughout his short career with former club Le Havre, who accused United of stealing the player,with an offer of £87,000 and a house. The Red Devils were never found guilty of any wrongdoing. Interestingly though, previous club Torcy accused Le Havre of the same offence.
The Frenchman's super agent Raiola represents many other top players including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku and Mario Balotelli. The 47-year-old is a controversial figure (what agent isn't?) having claimed Everton striker, Lukaku, wouldn't have joined the Toffees if he was his agent at the time.
Raiola has supervised every one of Ibrahimovic's moves since joining Juventus from Ajax in 2004. In the same year, the Italian agent advised clients Maxwell and Zdenek Grygera not to renew their contracts at the Dutch club. The decision caused friction between the two parties leading to a breakdown in relations that lasted for many years.
The transfer saga involving Pogba looks set to rumble on until July as the price increases and more clubs drop out of the running. A move to Manchester City would be a real kick in the teeth for neighbours United, but with Financial Fair Play restricting transfer dealings at the Etihad the likelihood of a move to there looks sceptical.
Manchester City fans, do you think Paul Pogba will sign for you in the summer? United fans, does your club still have a chance? Let us know in the comments box below.
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